Winter 2021
  PST OCMA Top: Angela Tiatia, Holding On (video still), 2015. Part of Orange County Museum of Art's PST research project on oceans and climate change. Courtesy of the Artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney © Angela Tiatia
Above: Joby Harris and The Studio at JPL, Kepler-16b (digital poster), 2016. Part of CalTech's PST research project on the role of images in science. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

45 Organizations Receive Research Grants for Next Pacific Standard Time

We recently announced a combined $5.38 million in research grants to dozens of institutions across Southern California to support the next Pacific Standard Time, focused on the intersections of art and science. Coming in 2024, the landmark initiative will return with simultaneous exhibitions and programming that address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st century—from climate change to environmental racism and from the COVID-19 pandemic to artificial intelligence—and the creative solutions these problems demand.
Read the project descriptions

  LA Arts Recovery Fund

New $38.5M Fund For LA Arts Pandemic Recovery

Getty is part of an unprecedented collaboration between local and national funders that have joined forces to offer much-needed pandemic recovery funding to arts nonprofits across LA County. The LA Arts Recovery Fund, initiated by Getty and administered by the California Community Foundation, is the largest-ever pooled private investment for LA arts nonprofits in Los Angeles and will focus on multi-year operating support for small and medium-sized arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now live, and grants will be announced in May 2021. Donors are asked to join the effort to increase the pool to a goal of $50 million.
Learn about the Fund

  TPP Blanton Museum Marcantonio Raimondi and Agostino dei Musi called Agostino Veneziano, "Lo Stregozzo [The Witches' Procession]," after Raphael or Giulio Romano, 1520s, engraving, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002

Blanton Museum Opens New Exhibition Funded Through The Paper Project

Even in the time of COVID-19, grants supported by the Foundation's Paper Project initiative are reaching fruition, strengthening the skills of curators who care for prints and drawings and raising the visibility of the field. Last year, Holly Borham, a curator at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, was awarded a grant to develop After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg's Library of Prints. The Blanton acquired Steinberg's influential personal collection of approximately 3,500 prints in 2002, and this will be the first exhibition to examine the impact of the art historian's collecting on his scholarship and art criticism. The exhibition is running now through May 9, and offers an array of opportunities for digital interaction.
Explore the exhibition

  Tbilisi Chess Palace and Alpine Club Interior of the Tbilisi Chess Palace and Alpine Club. Photo: Lasha Shartava

A Game of "Beautiful Problems": Chess in Art

One of the world's oldest and most popular games, chess is depicted in painting, photography, books, and more, often as the ultimate intellectual showdown. An Iris blog post featuring three Getty-related chess stories highlights Tbilisi Chess Palace and Alpine Club in the country of Georgia. Recipient of a Foundation Keeping It Modern architectural conservation grant, the club was constructed in 1973 in the late Soviet Modernism style using natural materials such as stone and wood with chess-themed decorative elements throughout. In 2001, the building was dedicated to Georgian chess player Nona Gaprindashvili (who gets a quick name-drop in the Netflix series The Queen's Gambit), a five-time world champion and the first woman to be designated Grandmaster.
See more of the Tbilisi Chess Palace


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