J. Paul Getty Museum

Los Angeles, California



Openings and Closings at

Getty Center and J. Paul Getty Museum



From Left: Associate Directors Barbara Whitney and Deborah Gribbon; John Walsh, Director; Marion True, Curator/Assistant Director for Villa Planning,
Photo Credit: Charles Passela

Getty Center opening: The Getty Center, scheduled to open in December, 1997, unites the J. Paul Getty Trust's museum, institutes, and grant program on one site in Los Angeles. Expected to attract approximately 1.5 million visitors annually, the Getty Center will feature a new J. Paul Getty Museum, distinctive buildings housing the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, the Getty Information Institute, the Central Garden and the Getty Grant Program. Admission will be free, with a modest charge for parking.

Photographs: A spectacular collection of photographs will be featured at the new museum. "If our entire collection of some 60,000 photographs could be exhibited at one time, we would need 30 miles of wall space," quipped Weston Naef, Curator of Photographs. "Fortunately, we prefer the strengths of our collection distilled like cognac into small rotating exhibitions, with the very best by the great individual photographers carefully selected to communicate their genius and to whet visitors' appetites for more."

Photographic exhibitions are among the most popular to be presented by the museum. This is the only part of the collection to encompass American art and extend into the 20th century.

Pictured to left: Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz






Main Peristyle Garden at Villa


Villa renovation:

The Getty Villa in Malibu, a recreation of a first-century A.D. Roman country home, currently houses the J. Paul Getty Museum.

The Villa will close for renovation on July 6, 1997 and reopen in the year 2001 as a center for comparative archaeology and cultures where the Museum's collections of ancient Greek and Roman art will be exhibited and interpreted to the public.

Juggling Man

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This article was originally published in 1997.

Rev. 8/27/09

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