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September 24, 2007

LOS ANGELES— The Getty Foundation recently awarded a series of grants designed to support the Southland’s vibrant artistic community.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – The Getty awarded $100,000 to support public programs related to the critically acclaimed exhibition, The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820 at LACMA. With works drawn from public and private collections throughout the Americas and Europe, the exhibition spans the centuries from the arrival of Columbus in the New World to the emergence of national independence movements in Latin America.  Initially supported by a Getty research grant to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition vividly portrays the interchange of cultures in colonial times. LACMA programs underwritten by the Getty include a film festival, two symposia, a literary program, as well as lectures, concerts, and family events. All programs are designed to engage Los Angeles audiences with the exhibition and Latin American culture.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) – As part of its special initiative, On the Record: Art in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, the Foundation awarded $100,000 to the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles to re-enact a series of legendary “Happenings” created by performance art pioneer Allan Kaprow during the 1950s and 1960s. Scheduled in conjunction with a March 2008 retrospective, Allan Kaprow: Art as Life, this unique series of fifteen public performance events will take place at museums, community sites, and universities across Southern California, including MOCA, California Institute of the Arts, Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theatre, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Getty Research Institute. On the Record, a collaborative project with the Getty Research Institute, provides grants to make accessible documentary collections that tell the story of avant-garde art in Southern California in the post-World War II decades.

Undergraduate Internships – This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Getty’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program, which has funded summer internships for more than 2,000 college students at 140 museums and visual arts organizations across Los Angeles. This year also marks the eighth anniversary of the Foundation’s ongoing partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC).  In 1999, inspired by the Getty’s program, LACAC launched a parallel program in the literary and performing arts. Together, the programs seek to nurture a diverse new generation of arts professionals.

“We are delighted to support the outstanding work of our fellow arts institutions across Los Angeles,” said Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. “Although the Foundation provides grants all over the world, it is a particular privilege to be able to work so closely with such imaginative and dedicated colleagues here in our home city.”

Other recent Foundation grants are supporting a variety of important visual arts projects throughout the Southland, including:

•  University of California, Santa Barbara – As part of the On the Record initiative, a grant of $250,000 will assist the University Art Museum in making accessible documents about the work of more than 350 architects and designers, including seminal Southern California architects Rudolph M. Schindler, Myron Hunt, and Richard Neutra.

•  Henry E. Huntington Library & Art Gallery, Pasadena – A grant of $75,000 is supporting a catalogue of the Huntington’s outstanding collection of 18th century French art, scheduled for publication in late 2007.

•  University of Southern California, Los Angeles – A research grant of $100,000 is supporting the Basel Mission Digital Photograph Collection, a group of important photo archives featuring rare 19th and 20th-century photos taken by missionaries traveling in Africa and Asia.

•  Gamble House, Pasadena – A conservation survey grant of $59,000 is helping assess the condition of over 1,500 Arts & Crafts objects and furnishings, many of which were designed for the house by architects Greene & Greene. The survey will be used to help prioritize future conservation treatments and to ensure the long-term preservation of these unique works.

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Melissa Abraham
Getty Communications

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