This collection consists of audiovisual
recordings and ephemera of public programming events sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum
that were held at the Getty Villa campus from 2006 to 2018. Events comprise lectures,
conversations, panel discussions, symposia, seminars, colloquia, and workshops with
curators, scholars, conservators, artists, and museum professionals. They were organized by
the Museum's department of Public Programs at the Getty Villa. Recordings include
born-digital files stored on CDs, DVDs, and Getty servers.
The Getty Villa, located just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades,
California, operates as a museum and educational center dedicated to the study of the arts
and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The Getty Villa was designed to house J.
Paul Getty's art collection when it outgrew his Ranch House, which had served as a private
museum since 1954. After considering various options for expanding the Ranch House, Getty
decided in the fall of 1968 to build a new museum on the same property, in the form of a
first-century Roman country house, based primarily on the plans of the ancient Villa dei
Papiri just outside of Herculaneum. The archaeologist Norman Neuerburg, who had studied the
ruins of Herculaneum and was an authority on Roman domestic architecture, was retained as a
consultant for the project. The Santa Monica architectural firm Langdon and Wilson was hired
to design the Villa, and British architect Stephen Garrett, who had served as Getty's
consultant in the remodeling of a Getty home in Posillipo, Italy, was retained as overseer
of the construction. Landscape architect Emmet Wemple designed the gardens, artist Garth
Benton painted the murals, and consultant Bruce Ptolemy designed the fountains. The
construction itself was done by Dinwiddie Construction Co., with various subcontractors.
Construction began on December 21, 1970, and the new museum opened to the public on January
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The records described in accessions 2008.IA.33, 2009.IA.21, 2010.IA.13, 2011.IA.02,
2012.IA.29, 2014.IA.11, 2015.IA.50, 2016.IA.52, 2017.IA.91, and 2018.IA.81 are available for
use by qualified researchers.