20 Years at the Getty Center: a GCI perspective

Timothy P. Whalen, direttore del Getty Conservation Institute, in occasione dei 20 anni di attività dell’istituzione, accende i riflettori su recenti iniziative dell’Istituto nella Southern California

For over two decades the Getty Conservation Institute has happily and productively resided at the Getty Center. Our first home, from 1985 to 1996, was an industrial park in the Marina del Rey neighborhood of Los Angeles. In the summer of 1996, as construction of the Getty Center was progressing, we relocated to our purpose-built laboratories and offices at the Center, the first of the Getty’s four programs to call the newly built campus home.

Over the years, being at the Center has given us more than splendid views of the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles. It has brought us closer to our talented and dedicated colleagues across the Getty and given us the opportunity to present our work through collaborative Getty exhibitions such as Jackson Pollock’s Mural, the Cave Temples of Dunhuang, and Making Art Concrete.

Yet while our physical home may be the Getty Center, our larger home is Los Angeles and Southern California—and it’s been our privilege, since even before the Center opened, to bring our expertise out into our city to help conserve, protect, and bring public access to its cultural heritage.

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