The Getty: A world of art, research, conservation, and philanthropy

Professional Opportunities

Fellowships in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

The GCI is pleased to announce new employment opportunities for emerging conservation professionals: GCI Professional Fellowships. Each new Fellowships is for three years, from June 2017 to May 2020.

GCI Professional Fellows will participate in the ongoing work of the GCI as full members of the Getty's professional community. Fellowships are available in:

Managing Collection Environments Initiative
Asian and European Lacquer Analysis Project
Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative

Completed application materials must be received on or before January 31, 2017.


Senior Scientist, Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative

The GCI's Science Department is seeking an individual to fill the position of senior scientist for its Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative. Current areas of focus include modern paints, plastics, and outdoor sculpture. The successful candidate must have a PhD in one of the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, engineering, biochemistry) and 10-15 years of scientific research experience, with experience in the field of heritage conservation, including demonstrated experience managing scientific research projects.

Find out more and apply online. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2017.

Project Update


Arches Project

The GCI has entered into collaborative agreements with Historic England and the City of Lincoln Council (England) to implement the Arches software platform, which will categorize, map, and describe the rich cultural heritage of Greater London and the City of Lincoln. The partnership provides a new way for the three organizations to work together to promote the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of these cities and their histories.

Learn more about this collaboration from the recent press release.



Hans Hofmann: The Artist's Materials

Dawn V. Rogala

This richly illustrated book, the fourth in the GCI's Artist's Materials series, presents a thorough examination of Hofmann's late-career materials. In addition to an overview of the artist's life and work in Europe and America and a discussion of his role in the development of Abstract Expressionism, this publication includes a detailed analysis of Hofmann's materials and techniques and the relationship of the artist's mature palette to shifts in the style and aging characteristics of his paintings.

Purchase a copy online.


Historical and Philosophical Issues in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Now available as an e-book.

This premier volume of the GCI's Readings in Conservation series is the first comprehensive collection of texts on the conservation of art and architecture to be published in the English language. Designed for students of art history as well as conservation, the book consists of forty-six texts, some never before translated into English and many originally published only in obscure or foreign journals.

Purchase the e-book from Amazon, Google, or Barnes & Noble.


Conservation Perspectives: The GCI Newsletter

Fall 2016

This edition offers an update on work that the GCI is undertaking with respect to modern paints. The Institute's engagement with conservation issues related to modern paints dates back to 2002 when the GCI joined with Tate in London and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, on an integrated collaborative effort to study modern paint materials identification, characterization, and cleaning. Since then, the GCI's work and the diligent efforts of many others in the field have expanded to address a broad range of conservation issues connected to modern paints.

Read this issue online.



Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS 2017)

July 18–21, 2017 | Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

We are pleased to announce CAPS 2017, part of an ongoing series of GCI workshops that aim to directly engage conservators with the current research on identifying a broader range of systems and methodologies for cleaning acrylic painted surfaces.

More details and the workshop application will be available early 2017. Please check back. Information about previous CAPS workshops is available online.


Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer

May 15–19, 2017 | Ateliergebouw, Amsterdam

There is still time to register for this five-day workshop that will explore newly developed analytical procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information about Asian lacquers, their additives, and their European substitutes.

Find out more and apply online. Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

Audio & Video


Finder Keeper: The Art of Gabriel Kuri

In this video—the latest addition to the Artist Dialogues video series—artist Gabriel Kuri talks about his working methods & materials, and gives his thoughts on his role in the conservation of his work.

Watch the video.

  Lygia fingers from Poetamenos, 1953 (print 1973), Augusto de Campos. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Image courtesy of Augusto de Campos

The Making of an Exhibition, Part 2

In this episode, Pia Gottschaller, senior research specialist at the GCI, and Andrew Perchuck, deputy director, and Zanna Gilbert, research specialist, at the GRI focus on the exhibition Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and its title, as well as the relationship between concrete art and poetry, and the cultural context in which these works were made.

Listen to the conversation.
Listen to episode one if you missed it in October.

Research Resources


Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

Read the list of recently acquired titles online.


Follow us, learn about what we do, and tell us about your visit!

At the Getty
Exhibitions and event highlights

Getty Teacher Update
For K-12 teachers

Exploring Antiquity
For students and scholars of classical cultures

Getty Museum News
New insights and a behind-the-scenes look at the world of the Getty Museum


Getty Research Institute News
Exhibitions, Events, and Resources

Getty Foundation News
Grants that increase the understanding and preservation of the visual arts around the world

Art Bound: New Books from the Getty
Find out what we're reading

The Getty Store: Inspired Gifts and Books
Notifications of new arrivals, private sales and special offers



The Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1684

Tel: (310) 440-7325
Fax: (310) 440-7702

Press inquiries:

GCI Mission Statement
The Getty Conservation Institute works to advance conservation practice in the visual arts, broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. It serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the Conservation Institute focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.

About the GCI Bulletin
The GCI Bulletin is published electronically six times a year to keep partners and supporters up-to-date with GCI programs and activities.