Chat with Getty Archivists on October 5 for #AskAnArchivist Day
The Getty Research Institute is home to millions of pages of archival material about art and the humanities, from Renaissance notebooks to contemporary art posters. A large part of the archives is historical records in the form of letters, photographs, prints, notebooks, and ephemera, but the collections also teem with fascinating objects: architectural models, woodblocks, gorilla masks, digital a...
Inside the Conservation Work at the Salk Institute, Louis Kahn’s Masterpiece
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in California. The setting alone is spectacular—the institute sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on a 27-acre parcel gifted to Dr. Jonas Salk by the City of San Diego in 1960. Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine, wished to create “a collaborative environment where researc...
Archives Help Tell the Story of J. Paul Getty’s Life and Legacy
How does an institution tell the story of its founder? This was the challenge a team of curators, designers, and content wranglers like myself faced as we prepared the new Getty Museum installation J. Paul Getty: Life and Legacy. While many books have been written by and about the billionaire oil tycoon who gave his name and fortune to the J. Paul Getty Trust, an engaging presentation of the man ...
VIDEO: The Kinora Picture Reel
Founded in 1896, Kinora Ltd. produced some of the first motion pictures in history. It converted the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe into a home entertainment movie machine. Printed film reels could be purchased or rented, and personal “moving portraits” could be taken in a photographic studio; in 1908, the company began offering a camera for amateur movie makers. Kinora Ltd. ceased to produce i...
AUDIO: A Talk with Richard Learoyd
Photographer Richard Learoyd speaks with curator Arpad Kovacs about his work in the exhibition Richard Learoyd: In the Studio and various aspects of his photographic techniques and materials. Recorded live at the Getty Center on August 31, 2016.
Two “Tipsy Medievalists” Share Their Passion for Illuminated Manuscripts
In 2013 the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired a magnificent copy of the Romance of Gillion de Trazegnies, now Ms. 111 in the Getty’s collection. In the Manuscripts Department, we’ve long been interested in experiments to engage diverse audiences with our collection. As senior curator of the collection and a specialist in Flemish illumination of that era (Elizabeth), I was particularly eager to share t...