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October 24, 2006

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today that Prof. Thomas Crow, director of The Getty Research Institute (GRI) will assume the Rosalie Solow Chair in Modern Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (NYU).  He will remain in his current position at the GRI through August 2007, after which he will take up his new position at NYU.

Prof. Crow, who is also professor of art history at the University of Southern California, joined the Getty as director of the Getty Research Institute in 2000.  Prior to that, he had been Robert Lehman Professor of Art History at Yale University.

“Thomas Crow is a scholar of international renown who has brought substance, imagination and creativity to every project he has undertaken at the Getty Research Institute.  We are sorry to lose him, but I congratulate both Tom and the Institute of Fine Arts on this exciting appointment,” said Deborah Marrow, interim president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

As director of the GRI, Prof. Crow oversees an international program for residential scholars that each year brings together some of the best minds in the arts, humanities, and sciences to focus on a theme of timely importance.  To meet the needs of researchers worldwide, the GRI maintains one of the world’s largest art libraries, acessible on site or through its extensive online databases.  It also houses special collections of original documents and objects from the Renaissance to the present, which it regularly exhibits to the public.

Since his arrival at the Getty, Prof. Crow has focused, in his words, “on building a community of advanced knowledge and ideas unlike any other, sustained by traditions of free inquiry and unquestioned integrity.  The quality and growth of our collections continue to amaze me.  The connection of the GRI to the cultural vitality of Los Angeles through joint projects with USC, UCLA, CalArts, the LA Philharmonic, LACMA and MOCA, among many others, helped transform specialized learning into exciting and accessible public programs.  With a superb GRI senior staff in place to carry that work forward, I could embrace the extraordinary opportunity offered by the Institute of Fine Arts, one that will allow me to pursue deferred research projects and to teach the next generation of scholars in the best circumstances my field can offer.”

Prof. Crow also is a widely published author and in recent years has written a survey of the life and work of artist Gordon Matta-Clark (2003) and major essays for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, on Robert Smithson (2004) and Robert Rauschenberg (2005).  He is a contributing editor to Artforum.

“Tom’s contributions to the Getty have been significant and we know he will bring the same energy to his new post at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU.  We are delighted that Tom’s transition will allow him to remain in his current position until next year and we look forward to continuing collaborations with him in his new role,” said Louise Bryson, chair, J. Paul Getty Trust Board of Trustees.

Plans for a search to find a successor as director of the GRI will be announced in the future.

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications Department

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