Science meets art in LA

ASTC Annual Conference-goers will have a chance to get an inside view of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) during a preconference tour, Friday, October 12. GCI is part of the 110-acre, hilltop Getty Center campus in western Los Angeles that also houses the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Leadership Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Participants in this behind-the-scenes visit will learn how GCI scientists use theoretical and applied disciplines of science and engineering to develop and promote appropriate solutions to the conservation problems of collections, works of art, architecture, archaeological sites, and monuments. Current GCI research includes work aimed at improving collection environments in hot and humid regions, at better understanding the character of paint materials used by modern and contemporary artists, at developing safer ways to illuminate light-sensitive works of art, and at identifying photographic processes developed and used since the beginning of photography (150 so far). Visitors will learn how CGI solutions are being used in projects around the world—from the Buddhist grottoes in Mogao, China, to the historic archives of Tenerife Island’s La Laguna, and the Mayan site of Copán in Honduras. Participants will enjoy free time to visit the art museum, stroll in the extensive public gardens, have lunch in one of the Getty Center restaurants, and savor the magnificent views from the site.

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