Guide to Documentation of the Installation of
at the Restaurant at the Getty Center, 1997
Finding aid prepared by Zoe MacLeod and Cyndi Shein
Title: Documentation of the installation of
Taste at the Restaurant at the Getty Center
Date (inclusive): 1997
J. Paul Getty Trust
3.4 linear feet
(2 boxes and 1 flat file)
The Getty Research Institute
Institutional Records and Archives
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
Records document the 1997 creation and execution of
Taste, Alexis Smith's permanent mixed-media installation for the Restaurant at the Getty Center. Materials comprise 35mm color
slides; 4 x 5 inch color transparencies; 4 x 5 inch color and black-and-white negatives; and 5 screen prints signed by the
artisit. The photographs, shot by Grant Mudford, document the progress of the installation.
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A native Californian, Alexis Smith (born Patricia Anne Smith) is well-known for her mixed-media collages. While growing up
she read books and wrote plays. Her interest in literature is evident in some of her early collages where she combined objects
and images with textual passages from John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis, and Nathaniel West. She graduated from the University
of California, Irvine in 1970 and her first installation was presented in 1972 at the Pasadena Art Museum. Over the years
her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, the Whitney Museum of American Art,
and the Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art Gallery in New York, among others.
The Getty Center opened in 1997 as a multifaceted campus located in Brentwood, California, comprised of modern architecture,
gardens, and fountains. It is owned and operated by the J. Paul Getty Trust, a cultural and philanthropic organization. The
Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and character, that focuses on the visual arts in all of their
dimensions. The Center is home to the Trust and its four programs: the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the
Getty Conservation Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Museum and the Conservation Institute also maintain operations
at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, the original site of the Museum.
The Restaurant at the Getty Center is home to a permanent mixed-media installation called
Taste, which was designed for the space by artist, Alexis Smith. The J. Paul Getty Trust commissioned the prints, the mural, and
the documentation of the installation. The prints were exhibited in the J. Paul Getty Museum prior to their transfer to the
The materials described in accession 1998.IA.09 are available for use by qualified researchers.
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[Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Documentation of the Installation of
Taste at the Restaurant at the Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute, (IA30009).
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Materials were transferred in May of 1998 from the J. Paul Getty Museum following the deinstallation of an exhibit. The materials
were originally assigned accession 830137 and were later designated as accession 1998.IA.09 during a renumbering project in
the Institutional Archives.
Processing Information note
In 2011 materials were processed and inventory was created by Zoe MacLeod; finding aid was subsequently created by Cyndi Shein.
Scope and Content of Collection
Materials document the 1997 creation and execution of
Taste, Alexis Smith's permanent mixed-media installation (wall mural) for the Restaurant at the Getty Center. The collection comprise
35mm color slides; 4 x 5 inch color transparencies; 4 x 5 inch color and black-and-white negatives; and 5 screen prints signed
by the artist and labeled: Design entrance wall, Design vertical wall, Design vertical wall 2, Design dining room wall, and
Small paintings detail. The photographs, shot by Grant Mudford, document the progress of the installation. The contents of
the photographs include the start of the project and views of background painting in progress, the south wall in progress,
the east wall in progress, the artist with the crew of Jerry Solomon Enterprises working on designs of plates and heads, the
north-facing wall in progress, and the work nearing completion prior to the installation of plates and collages.
Materials are arranged by format: images are in binders and large drawings are in flat files.
Subjects - Names
Smith, Alexis, 1949-
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
Getty Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Subjects - Topics
Mixed media (Art)
Mural painting and decoration--California--Los Angeles
Genres and Forms of Material
Photographic prints--20th century
Mudford, Grant, 1944-
Smith, Alexis, 1949-
Taste: Documentation of Wall Designs for Restaurant at the Getty Center,
(approximately 800 35mm color slides)
Scope and Content Note
This binder contains photographs that document the beginning of the project and the progress of the south and east walls.
(approximately 560 35mm color slides; 32 4x5 in color transparencies)
Scope and Content Note
This binder contains photographs documenting the artist working on plates and heads, the progress of the north-facing wall,
and the project near its completion.
Box 1998.IA.09 Oversize folders
Getty Center Restaurant Project Conceptual Designs,
Scope and Content Note
Materials comprise five conceptual designs, each measuring 30" x 43" in length and width (including the matting). Thedesigns
are color screen prints created, dated, and signed by the artist, Alexis Smith, in 1997. Overall themes underlying the design
concepts for the wall decor of the Getty Restaurant are food, taste, and associations with fine dining. There are conceptual
designs for the Entrance Wall, two for the Dining Room Wall, and two for the Vertical Wall.