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Gail Feigenbaum Named Associate Director of Programs at the Getty Research Institute

February 28, 2002

Los Angeles--The Getty Research Institute announced today the appointment of Gail Feigenbaum as associate director of programs. In this role, Feigenbaum will oversee and direct the Institute's exhibition and publications programs; provide scholarly direction for the Getty Provenance Index, the Bibliography of the History of Art, and related research endeavors; and provide future direction for the growth of the Institute's archival collections. Most recently the curator of painting at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Feigenbaum's experience combines administrative and curatorial expertise with a strong academic background.

"With her high level of intellectual curiosity, her perspective as a mature professional, and her lively wit, Gail will fit in well with the Getty community," remarked Thomas Crow, director of the Getty Research Institute. "I look forward to the enormous difference she will make to the Research Institute's programs."

Among Feigenbaum's primary responsibilities will be the development of the Research Institute's list of scholarly publications, including the book series Texts & Documents, which offers translations of historically significant writings about art, architecture, and aesthetics; and Issues & Debates, which presents edited volumes of current scholarship in the arts and humanities. Feigenbaum will also assume a major role in shaping the activities of the Institute's "Markets and Value" scholar year theme in 2003 as it relates to resources within the Research Institute.

"The Getty is extraordinary to me as a non-traditional institution committed to opening new ways of looking at the materials of tradition," Feigenbaum said. "I am excited to be part of the Research Institute's energetic involvement in this remarkable mission of managing the material past, actively collecting, preserving, and exploring it, and making it accessible, so that it continues to be an effective force in our world."

Feigenbaum also worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., as research curator of French painting, curator of academic programs, coordinator of special exhibition projects, and acting associate dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. At the New Orleans Museum of Art she curated Degas and New Orleans: A French Impressionist in America, and Jefferson's America and Napoleon's France, a 2003 exhibition that will mark the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase. A specialist in Baroque painting, she is the author of many scholarly publications and has been a visiting professor at Tulane University.

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