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Getty Research Institute public event records and recordings
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative History
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials
  • Existence and Location of Originals
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • To request an item:

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Public event records and recordings
    Date (inclusive): 2001-2016
    Number: IA40002
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 25.5 Linear Feet (56 boxes and 4 enclosures)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Institutional Records and Archives
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://www.getty.edu/research/special_collections/institutional_archives
    Abstract: The materials consist of audio recordings, video recordings, digital images, and ephemera that document public events sponsored by the Getty Research Institute from 2001 to the present. The events include lectures, discussions, film and video screenings, and collaborative symposia with other arts institutions. The events focus on topics related to art history, performance art, architecture and the contemporary arts.
    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 Getty Research Institute (GRI) is a program developed and overseen by the J. Paul Getty Trust, an international cultural and philanthropic organization serving both general audiences and specialized professionals. 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 Trust currently supports and oversees four programs: the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Getty Foundation; the Getty Conservation Institute; and the Getty Research Institute, which is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts.
    The GRI is located at the Getty Center in Brentwood, California and serves an international community of scholars and the interested public through special collections of rare materials and digital resources. The GRI creates and disseminates new knowledge through its expertise, its active collecting program, public programs, institutional collaborations, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars program. The activities and scholarly resources of the GRI guide and sustain each other and, together, provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and debate.
    The work of the GRI takes its place within the collaborative context of the Trust as a whole, which includes the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the international projects and research of the Conservation Institute, and the philanthropic outreach of the Getty Foundation. Until 2015, the GRI's Exhibitions department developed and designed exhibitions at the GRI and oversaw events related to the exhibitions. The GRI's Contemporary Programs and Research Department also facilitated multidisciplinary programming related to architecture and the contemporary arts until July 2009. At that time, as part of a larger restructuring of the GRI, Contemporary Programs and Research merged with the Department of Architecture to form the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art and the Scholars Program was moved directly under the administration of the GRI's Director's Office. As of 2015, the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, and Collection Development departments merged to form an overarching unit called Curatorial.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    The records described in accessions 2001.IA.01; 2004.IA.11; 2006.IA.21; 2006.IA.26; 2007.IA.37; 2008.IA.04; 2008.IA.34; 2009.IA.23; 2010.IA.39; 2011.IA.07; 2012.IA.009; 2013.IA.02; 2013.IA.69; 2014.IA.06; 2015.IA.08; 2016.IA.07; and 2016.IA.10 are available for use by qualified researchers.
    Master recordings are restricted; use copies or online digital copies exist for most of the recordings. Absence of use copies is noted at the file level in this finding aid. Where use copies do not exist, production of use copies is required before access will be granted; this may delay research requests. Advanced notice is required. Some recordings are restricted to on-site use only or are not available at all at the request of the participants.
    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.

    Use Restrictions

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

    Preferred Citation

    [Cite the item and date], Public Event Records and Recordings, The Getty Research Institute. The Getty Research Institute (IA40002).

    Acquisition Information

    Accessions 2001.IA.01; 2004.IA.11; 2006.IA.21; 2006.IA.26; 2007.IA.37; 2008.IA.04; 2008.IA.34; 2009.IA.23; 2010.IA.39; 2011.IA.07; 2012.IA.009; 2013.IA.02; 2013.IA.69; 2014.IA.06; 2015.IA.08; 2016.IA.07; and 2016.IA.10 were transferred from the Getty Research Institute.

    Processing History

    Materials were cataloged by several Institutional Archives staff members prior to 2009. Cyndi Shein created the finding aid and processed materials from 2009-2013. Legacy materials were added in 2011 by Zoe MacLeod. 2014-2016 event materials were processed and added to the finding aid in 2016 by Helen Kim.
    In 2016, it was determined that all of the California Video artist oral histories were not GRI public events and were removed from this collection to form their own independent collection (finding aid no. IA60004).

    Technical Requirements Note

    Please note that use copies of recordings have been created over a period of time in a variety of formats. Some digital media players are unable to recognize some DVDs. A cross-platform media player is recommended for viewing use copies that exist in DVD format.

    Related Materials

    California Video exhibition project files and recordings, 2006-2008  . The Getty Research Institute, Finding aid IA60004.
    The following materials are a subset of the Getty Research Institute Public event records and recordings that have been described separately:
    Modern Art in Los Angeles and Pacific Standard Time recordings, 2003-2012 . The Getty Research Institute, Finding aid IA40018.

    Existence and Location of Originals

    Original recordings are housed separately and are not available to researchers.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Materials document some of the public events related to exhibitions at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) and also GRI public events concerning architecture and the contemporary arts. The events were sponsored by GRI departments including the Curatorial department and its predecessors, the Exhibitions department and the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art (DACA), which was formerly known as Contemporary Programs and Research. The events date from 2001 to the present and include lectures, discussions, film and video screenings, performances, and collaborative symposia with other arts institutions.
    The materials primarily consist of audio recordings, video recordings, and ephemera, such as event programs, speaker biographies, and promotional material. Documentation for some events also include photographic prints, digital images, and proof sheets.


    Material is arranged in two series. Please note that Series II consists of 12.4 linear feet (23 boxes) of master recordings and is available for internal use only.
    Series I. Recordings and ephemera, 2001-2016;
    Series II. Original and master recordings, 2001-2016 (Restricted)

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Artists -- California
    Minimal art
    Video art
    Art, Modern -- 20th century
    Archives users
    Archives in art
    Art archives
    Art and music
    Art -- History
    Experimental films
    Conceptual Art
    Architecture, Modern -- 20th century
    Arts, Modern -- 20th century
    Literature, Modern -- 20th century
    Performance art
    Congresses and conventions

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Video recordings
    Photographic prints
    Digital images
    Compact discs
    Sound recordings


    Getty Research Institute
    Getty Research Institute. Exhibitions
    Getty Research Institute. Contemporary Programs and Research
    Getty Research Institute. Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art

    To request an item:

    Event recordings up to 2013 have been described in more detail in individual library catalog records. For additional information on a particular event, search the Getty Research Institute Library Catalog  by event name, participant name, or the genre term "Events."