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Getty Awards Grants Totaling More Than $2 Million to Support Work of Scholars From Around the World

October 2, 2001

Los Angeles--Continuing its longstanding support of scholarship in the arts, the Getty Grant Program announced today awards of over $2 million to recipients of three types of research grants: Collaborative Research Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Curatorial Research Fellowships. This year's grants help underwrite projects in 14 countries in North America, Europe, and Africa.

"We are delighted with the range and quality of this year's research grants," says Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Grant Program and dean for external relations of the J. Paul Getty Trust. "Support for serious research is essential; it is the foundation that enables us to better understand and preserve the world's art and architecture."

Collaborative Research Grants

Collaborative Research Grants totaling over $1.4 million will allow seven teams of scholars from around the world to conduct interdisciplinary research projects on a range of subjects. For example, a group of researchers from the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Cameroon, and France will investigate "Bamum Art Worlds: Integration and Innovation in the Grasslands of Cameroon from 1700 to the Present," a project that will examine the development of the strikingly original art and architecture of the independent Bamum kingdom using the rich collections and archives in Cameroon and abroad. Another team will explore the work of the important French Renaissance architect Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau in preparation for an exhibition in Paris at the new Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Since 1985, the Grant Program's Postdoctoral Fellowship program has assisted more than 250 scholars as they begin their careers. These 12-month, nonresidential fellowships allow scholars who have earned a doctoral degree within the past six years to undertake research that increases the understanding of art and its history. This year, 15 scholars from the U.S. and abroad will receive fellowships of $40,000 each to pursue subjects ranging from a study of the sculptor Giambologna and the development of late Italian Renaissance sculptural production to an investigation of the art and science of fireworks in 18th-century Russia and their role in the formation of state academic institutions.

Curatorial Research Fellowships

The Getty Grant Program established the Curatorial Research Fellowships in 1999 to address the museum field's critical need for curatorial research support. "We created this grant initiative to help augment the resources of museums and support scholarly research by curators," says Joan Weinstein, senior program officer for the Getty Grant Program. This year's Curatorial Research awards total more than $100,000; the eight grantees represent five American and three European institutions.

In addition to the above grants, the Getty also offers residential research grants for scholars and fellows to conduct research while in residence at the Getty Center. Additional information and application forms for all Getty research grants, both residential and nonresidential, are available online at The next application deadline for all Getty research grants is November 1, 2001 (for the academic year 2002-2003).

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October is National Arts and Humanities Month.

Getty Grant Program
2001-2002 Collaborative Research Grants

Art as Institution: Leonardo da Vinci's Abridged Treatise on Painting, c.1560-1900: a Study in the History of Reception
Claire Farago, University of Colorado, Boulder; Thomas Frangenberg, University of Leicester, England.

Bamum Art Worlds: Integration and Innovation in the Grasslands of Cameroon from 1700 to the Present
Nicolas Argenti, Brunel University, Middlesex, England; Suzanne Blier, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Christraud Geary, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Paul Jenkins, Basel Mission, Switzerland; Germain Loumpet, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon; Alexandra Loumpet-Galitzine, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon; Dominique Malaquais, Columbia University, New York; Steven David Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles; Michael Rowlands, University College London, England; Jean-Pierre Warnier, Université de Paris V, France.

Du Cerceau, topographe et visionnaire: rêve et réalités dans l'architecture française de la Renaissance
Jean-Pierre Babelon, Institut de France, Paris; Françoise Boudon, Université de Paris IV, France; Monique Chatenet, Ministère de la Culture, Paris, France; Sylvie Deswarte, Université de Lyon II, France; Jean Guillaume, Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours, France; Frédérique Lemerle, Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours, France; Claude Mignot, Université de Paris IV, France; David Thomson, Independent Scholar, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cognition, Brain and Art: Research Residencies at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Per Aage Brandt, University of Aarhus, Denmark; Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; Antonio Damasio, University of Iowa, Iowa City; Hanna Damasio, University of Iowa, Iowa City; Merlin Donald, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Gilles Fauconnier, University of California, San Diego; Gloria Ferrari Pinney, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; David Freedberg, Columbia University, New York; Stephen Kosslyn, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Steven Pinker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; V. S. Ramachandran, University of California, San Diego; Francis Steen, University of California, Los Angeles; Mark Turner, University of Maryland, College Park; Lawrence Zbikowski, University of Chicago, Illinois; Semir Zeki, University College London, England.

Feather/Art: Mexico and Europe, XIVth-XVIIth Centuries
Diana Fane, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Alessandra Russo, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City; Gerhard Wolf, University of Trier, Germany.

The Interaction of Poetry and Painting in Firdausi's Shahnama
Jerome W. Clinton, Princeton University, New Jersey; Marianna Shreve Simpson, The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland.

Pueblo Artistic Routes: The Commodification of Hopi Katsinas and Zuni Fetishes
Margaret Ann Hardin, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, California; Zena Pearlstone, California State University, Fullerton.

Getty Grant Program
2001-2002 Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art and the Humanities


Dr. Ulrich Christian Baer
Ph.D., Yale University
Assistant Professor
New York University, New York
Project title: Photography and Trauma: Images that Bear Witness

Dr. Aimée Holloway Conlin Bessire
Ph.D., Harvard University
Independent Scholar
Portland, Maine
Project title: Beyond History: Negotiating Sukuma Art and Colonial Encounter in Tanzania

Dr. Matthias Bruhn
Ph.D., University of Hamburg
Independent Scholar
Hamburg, Germany
Project title: Bildwirtschaft

Dr. Michael Wayne Cole
Ph.D., Princeton University
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project title: Sculpture as a Medium in the Age of Giambologna

Dr. Annamaria Ducci
Ph.D., Università di Pisa
Curator, Photo Archive
Università di Pisa, Italy
Project title: La Scuola Parigina di Storia dell'Arte e gli Studi Medievali

Dr. Alejandro García Avilés
Ph.D., Universidad de Murcia
Professor Titular
Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Project title: Imágenes Mágicas: Arte, Astrología, y Magia en la Corte de Alfonso X el Sabio (1252-1284)

Dr. Mark Alan Hinchman
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Project title: African Rococo: Colonial Space and Representation in 18th-Century Senegal

Dr. Nina Star Lewallen
Ph.D., Columbia University
Independent Scholar
San Francisco, California
Project title: The Aristocratic Town House in Regency Paris

Dr. Sherry C. M. Lindquist
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Assistant Professor
Saint Louis University, Missouri
Project title: The Late Medieval Monument: Agency, Visuality, and Society at the Chartreuse de Champmol in Dijon

Dr. Melissa McCormick
Ph.D., Princeton University
Assistant Professor
Columbia University, New York
Project title: Visualities of Scale: Tosa Mitsunobu and the Small-Format Handscroll in Medieval Japan

Dr. Abby Lee McGehee
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor
Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland
Project title: Parisian Late Gothic and the Construction of Communal Identity

Dr. Caroline P. Murphy
Ph.D., University College London
Assistant Professor
University of California, Riverside
Project title: Felice della Rovere Orsini: Patrona et Benefatrix

Dr. Jonathan W. Unglaub
Ph.D., Columbia University
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Project title: Poussin, Tasso, and the Poetics of Painting and Ancient Painting and Baroque Poetics: A Convergence in Poussin's Later Works

Dr. Simon Roy Edward Werrett
Ph.D., Cambridge University
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science
Berlin, Germany
Project title: Fireworks in 18th-Century Russia

Dr. Zhang Zhen
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Assistant Professor
New York University, New York
Project title: Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Film Culture, Urban Modernity, and the Vernacular Experience in China, 1896-1937

Getty Grant Program
2001-2002 Curatorial Research Fellowships


Deborah Theresa Cullen
El Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn, New York
Project title: For the exhibition A Graphic Revisioning: Robert Blackburn and the Printmaking Workshop

Diana C. du Pont
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
Project title: For the exhibition Of Painting and Poetry: The Art of Gunther Gerzso

Iva Janáková
Chief Curator
Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
Project title: For the exhibition Ladislav Sutnar: Design in Action

Christine Kondoleon
Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Project title: For a catalogue of the Classical Collection, Worcester Art Museum

Li Jian
Curator of Asian Art
The Dayton Art Institute, Ohio
Project title: For the exhibition The Silk Road: Art from Ancient China

Suzana Milevska
The Museum of the City of Skopje, Macedonia
Project title: For the exhibition The Representation of Women in the Early Photography in the Balkans

Frances Pritchard
Curator, Textiles Department
The Whitworth Art Gallery
University of Manchester, England
Project title: For the publication Clothing from Egypt A. D. 300 to 900 in the Whitworth Art Gallery

Trudy Wilner Stack
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
Center for Creative Photography
University of Arizona, Tucson
Project title: For the exhibition The Gary Winogrand Game of Photography

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