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J. Paul Getty Museum Public Programs Performing Arts Recordings, 1998-2011
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative History
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Performing arts recordings
    Date (inclusive): 1998-2011
    Number: IA40012
    Creator/Collector: J. Paul Getty Museum. Public Programs
    Physical Description: 13.0 linear feet (29 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Institutional Records and Archives
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The records comprise audio and video recordings of performances sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum Public Programs department between 1998 and 2011. The event series include Friday Nights at the Getty, Saturday Nights at the Getty, The Sounds of L.A., Selected Shorts, the Summer Sessions, Garden Concerts for Kids, and Gordon Getty Concerts.
    Request Materials: To access physical materials at the Getty, go to the library catalog record  for this collection and click "Request an Item." Click here for general library access policy . See the Administrative Information section of this finding aid for access restrictions specific to the records described below. Please note, some of the records may be stored off site; advanced notice is required for access to these materials.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administrative History

    The J. Paul Getty Museum Public Programs department sponsors different types of programs and events to enhance visitors' understanding and knowledge of art. The programs have a wide variety of audiences, serving children, teens, college students, adults, families, and educators. The department sponsors a variety of programs including musical concerts, lectures, films, courses, and performances that include music, dance, and theater.
    The J. Paul Getty Museum was established as a charitable trust in 1953 by Jean Paul Getty in order to house his growing art collections. The museum and its collections grew relatively slowly, finally moving from rooms in Mr. Getty's Malibu ranch house into the newly constructed Villa museum in 1974.
    Though Jean Paul Getty bequeathed the majority of his estate to the museum upon his death in 1976, these assets did not become available until 1983. Harold M. Williams was hired as President of the Trust in 1981. With the Board of Trustees, Williams created a plan to expand the Trust's range of activities in order to fully utilize the new endowment and to strengthen the entire organization's responsibilities to the arts world. As a part of the Trust's expansion program, the Getty Center campus in Brentwood was planned and built. While the Getty's collection of antiquities remained at the Villa, the rest of the collections were moved to the new and much larger museum at the Center.
    The J. Paul Getty Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and character, that focuses on the visual arts in all of their dimensions. As of 2011 the Trust supports and oversees four programs: the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa near Malibu, California.

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The records described in accession 2011.IA.45 are available for use by qualified researchers.
    Original recordings are restricted; use copies are available for use by qualified researchers. Use copies do not exist for most of the recordings in this collection. The production of use copies is required before access can be granted and may add a delay to research requests. Advanced notice is required for the production of use copies.
    The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.

    Publication Rights

    Contact Library Rights and Reproductions  at the Getty Research Institute for copyright information and permission to publish.

    Preferred Citation

    [Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Performing arts recordings, 1998-2001, The J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Research Institute (IA40012).

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The materials described in this finding aid originated in accession 2011.IA.45.

    Processing Information note

    The materials were processed and the finding aid was created by Zoe Macleod in 2011. Cyndi Shein added accruals from 2011 forward.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Materials comprise audio and video recordings of performances sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum Public Programs department from 1998 to 2011. Event series include Friday Nights at the Getty, Saturday Nights at the Getty, The Sounds of L.A., Selected Shorts, Gordon Getty Concerts, Summer Sessions, and Garden Concerts for Kids.
    "Friday Nights at the Getty" was a series of free events that included performances of contemporary music, dance, theater, and spoken word productions.
    "Saturday Nights at the Getty" (formerly Friday Nights at the Getty) is a free, contemporary performance series featuring an eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, and spoken word events.
    "The Sounds of L.A." is an annual concert series produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum that explores the city's varied musical geography, promoting an understanding of past and present, old and new.
    "Selected Shorts" is an annual series that features actors from the stage, film, and television reading classic and new short fiction.
    "Gordon Getty Concerts" feature musical performances that complement exhibits at the Getty Center.
    "Summer Sessions" is a free outdoor concert series held annually that features world music.
    "Garden Concerts for Kids" is a free concert series for children and their families which takes place in the Getty Center's Central Garden.

    Arrangement note

    The records are arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Art museums--Educational aspects

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Compact discs
    Sound recordings
    Video recordings
    Videodiscs (video recording disks)