Sculpture and Decorative Arts
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Jeffrey Spier, Senior Curator and Department Head
Jeffrey Spier is a classical archaeologist whose interests include Greek art and iconography, numismatics, gems and jewelry, early Christian and Byzantine art, and the history of collecting.
Claire Lyons, Curator
Claire Lyons, a classical archaeologist whose fieldwork and research center on pre-Roman Italy and Sicily, also publishes on Greek vase painting, colonialism in the ancient world, gender and identity, the history of archaeology and antiquities collecting, and cultural heritage policy.
Kenneth Lapatin, Curator
Kenneth Lapatin is a classical archaeologist specializing in the art and culture of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Aegean Bronze Age. He has published books and essays on ancient sculpture, vases, mosaics, gems and other luxury arts, Pompeiian and Roman villas (including the history of the Getty Villa), artists’ practices, the post-antique reception of classical art, forgery, and repatriation.
Jens Daehner, Associate Curator
Jens Daehner is a specialist in ancient sculpture and iconography, from the Greek Archaic through the Roman Imperial periods. In addition to a dissertation on nudity in Classical Greek sculpture, he publishes on the history of archaeology and collecting, Roman portraiture, and the transformation of antiquity in modern art of the 20th century.
Mary Louise Hart, Associate Curator
Mary Louise Hart is an art historian whose research has centered on the material culture and iconography of Greek and Roman theater. She also helps supervise the program of contemporary performances of Greek and Roman plays at the Getty Villa. Current research fields include Romano-Egyptian painting and ancient textiles.
David Saunders, Associate Curator
David Saunders is a classical archaeologist specializing in the study of Greek and South Italian vase painting and iconography. He also works on ancient bronze sculpture and the history of restorations.
Sara E. Cole, Assistant Curator
Sara is an ancient historian specializing in cross-cultural exchange across the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. She has participated in archaeological fieldwork in Egypt and has published on hybridizing Graeco-Egyptian art in Ptolemaic Egypt. Her Getty projects include exhibitions and publications for the initiatives The Classical World in Context and Ancient Worlds Now.
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Susanne Gänsicke, Senior Conservator and Head of Antiquities Conservation
Susanne is an archaeological conservator with a particular interest in the technical study of ancient and historic metal manufacture, site preservation, and the history of conservation. She has worked on sites in Egypt and Sudan, and most recently carried of field work on metal preservation in Nepal.
Jeffrey Maish, Conservator
Jeff Maish has worked on the conservation of ancient art across the full range of object types and media. He conducts technical studies and publishes research on ancient technologies, with a focus on bronze casting, the manufacture of Attic black-and-red figured pottery, and conservation methodology. His special interests include the techniques of non-destructive testing, in particular radiographic imaging, and museum environmental concerns.
Erik Risser, Associate Conservator
Erik Risser has been involved with the study and treatment of ancient classical art, including ceramics, glass, metals, and works in stone. He has also undertaken several collaborative projects on large-scale stone sculpture with the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, the Dresden State Art Collections, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Most recently he treated two significant bronzes from Pompeii and Herculaneum in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
Marie Svoboda, Conservator
Marie Svoboda’s major projects have focused on the Getty’s Egyptian red-shroud mummy, the study and conservation of a group of 4th-century red-figure Apulian vases, and the history of restoration practice. She heads the international APPEAR project (Ancient Panel Painting: Examination, Analysis and Research), a technical study of Romano-Egyptian mummy portraits.
Susan Lansing Maish, Associate Conservator
Susan Maish is a conservator of Greek and Roman archaeological objects across a variety of media, including ceramics, stone, wall paintings, and metal artifacts. Most recently, she participated in a four-year project to analyze and conserve a hoard of ancient Roman vessels and statuettes known as the Berthouville silver treasure. Her current focus is the treatment of the silver vessels and Roman frescos in the Getty Villa’s permanent collection.
McKenzie Lowry, Senior Mountmaker
McKenzie Lowry is responsible for the creation of mounts and fixtures for the safe display, storage, packing, and transport of works of art in all media. He participates in research positioned at the forefront of developments in the seismic protection of collections. He specializes in the design, fabrication, and testing of stationary and active systems that help to mitigate the destructive forces of earthquakes.
Julian Brooks, Senior Curator
Julian Brooks’s research specialization is late 16th- and early 17th-century Florentine and Roman drawings.
Stephanie Schrader, Curator
Stephanie Schrader specializes in Dutch and Flemish drawings and prints from the 15th to the 18th centuries.
Emily Beeny, Associate Curator
Emily Beeny works on French drawings, paintings, and pastels, 1600-1900, especially the work of Edouard Manet and Nicolas Poussin.
Edina Adam, Assistant Curator
Edina Adam oversees the German collection at the Getty. She is also specialized in Italian drawings from the 15th to 17th centuries.
Elizabeth Morrison, Senior Curator and Department Head
Elizabeth Morrison specializes in the study of Gothic manuscript illumination, particularly bestiaries and French vernacular manuscripts. In addition, she has published on Flemish Renaissance devotional and secular illumination.
Kristen Collins, Associate Curator
Kristen Collins is a specialist in early medieval and Romanesque manuscript illumination, with publications on Ottonian and English Romanesque manuscripts and Byzantine icon painting. Her current research focuses on issues of reuse and retrospection in medieval art.
Bryan C. Keene, Associate Curator
Bryan C. Keene’s areas of specialization include Italian manuscript illumination, French-Italian artist workshops and networks, choir book production and art for the altar, and the global Middle Ages, with a particular focus on the nexus of Afro-Eurasian book culture, portable objects, and materials.
Larisa Grollemond, Assistant Curator
Larisa Grollemond specializes in late medieval manuscript illumination in France and northern Europe. Additional areas of interest include the visual culture of the European courts, early print, and the material history of the book.
Nancy Turner, Conservator
Nancy Turner’s areas of specialization include the conservation treatment of parchment and illuminations, the history of medieval bindings and book structures, the history and trade of medieval pigments, and painting techniques used in manuscript illumination. She has most recently lectured and published on the painting techniques of Flemish and French illuminators of the 15th and 16th centuries, the scientific analysis of the Getty’s early 17th century Peruvian manuscript, and the conservation treatment of single leaves and cuttings.
Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator and Department Head
Davide Gasparotto specializes in European, and particularly Italian, painting before 1600.
Anne Woollett, Curator
Anne Woollett specializes in Northern (Flemish, Dutch and German) painting before 1800.
Scott Allan, Associate Curator
Scott Allan specializes in European, and particularly French, painting after 1800.
Ulrich Birkmaier, Senior Conservator of Paintings and Department Head
Ulrich Birkmaier specializes in the long-term study and conservation treatment of Old Master paintings, with a particular focus on technical studies involving Renaissance and Baroque painting.
Devi Ormond, Associate Conservator
Devi Ormond’s area of specialty is primarily in the conservation treatment and technical research of 19th and early 20th-century paintings. She has a particular interest in late 19th-century French painting and is frequently involved in international scholar meetings on Vincent Van Gogh and related artists.
Laura Rivers, Associate Conservator
Laura Rivers specializes in the study and conservation of paintings from a broad range of periods. She has particular expertise in the technical imaging of paintings, including X-radiography and infrared reflectography, and in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings. Recent areas of research have included Jackson Pollock and Nicolas Poussin.
Gene Karraker, Associate Conservator of Frames
Gene Karraker is the author of Looking at European Frames: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques. He is responsible for the conservation and care of the frames of the painting collection and works closely with the framing needs for the Museum’s Department of Drawings.
Jim Ganz, Senior Curator of Photographs
His specializations include 19th and 20th century European and American photography.
Virginia Heckert, Curator and Department Head
Virginia Heckert’s area of expertise is German photography between the two World Wars, late 20th-century American photography, and contemporary photography.
Paul Martineau, Associate Curator
Paul Martineau’s specialization is late 19th and 20th-century American photography.
Amanda Maddox, Associate Curator
Amanda Maddox specializes in 20th-century American and European photography, with an interest in postwar Japanese photography.
Mazie M. Harris, Assistant Curator
Mazie Harris focuses on 19th-century and contemporary photography.
Karen Hellman, Assistant Curator
Karen Hellman specializes in 19th-century European and American photography.
Arpad Kovacs, Assistant Curator
Arpad Kovacs specializes in 20th-century American and contemporary photography, with an interest in time-based media.
Marc Harnly, Senior Conservator and Department Head
Marc Harnly is a specialist in the conservation and preservation of photographs from all periods. Areas of research have included artists’ techniques, mounting and display of contemporary work, and long-term storage of color material.
SCULPTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS
Anne-Lise Desmas, Senior Curator
Anne-Lise Desmas’s main research specialization is early modern sculpture in Europe with a particular focus on France and Italy. Her areas of expertise also include the history of collecting in Rome in the 17th and 18th centuries, the history of the French Academy in Rome, and the treatises on sculpture techniques in 18th-century France.
Charissa Bremer-David, Curator
Charissa Bremer-David has written extensively on the Getty Museum’s collection of French decorative arts of the 17th and 18th centuries, with a specialization in tapestries and textiles. Her recent research has focused on Parisian luxury trades of the period and, in addition, on the 20th century art market for these objects.
Jeffrey Weaver, Associate Curator
Jeffrey Weaver specializes in European ceramics and glass of the early modern period.
Jane Bassett, Senior Conservator
Jane Bassett has concentrated on the care and study of the sculpture, tapestry, and stained-glass collections. Her current research interests include polychrome sculpture of Spain and Germany as well as 18th- and 19th-century French bronze casting techniques and materials.
Arlen Heginbotham, Conservator
Arlen Heginbotham is a specialist in the conservation of wooden artifacts, focusing on the Getty’s collections of French furniture. His research interests include the technical study of Asian lacquer. He has also worked extensively on developing and refining the use of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy as a tool for authenticating and interpreting gilded bronzes and bronze sculpture. Other research interests include microscopic wood identification, dendrochronology, immunochemical analysis, the history of wood dyes, and the history of metallurgy.
Julie Wolfe, Conservator
Julie Wolfe has worked on the technical examination of the Getty Museum’s collection of French decorative arts of the 17th and 18th centuries. Some of her conservation research includes the study of fill materials for marble sculptures, the electrochemical cleaning of gilt silver objects, and the maintenance and treatment of outdoor sculpture, in particular outdoor painted metals.
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Joan Weinstein, Director of the Getty Foundation
Joan Weinstein is director of the Getty Foundation. Since joining the Getty she has directed grant initiatives internationally related to art history, conservation, and museum practice, and was co-director of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945–1980. Throughout her career she has been active in professional organizations in the fields of art history, philanthropy, and preservation and has served on a number of nonprofit boards. She is currently a trustee of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Dr. Weinstein began her career teaching art history at the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of several books and numerous articles on the history of modern art in Weimar Germany. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Los Angeles, and studied at the Phillips-Universität Marburg in Germany.
Miguel de Baca, Senior Program Officer
Miguel de Baca is a Senior Program Officer with the Getty Foundation. De Baca is a historian of modern and contemporary art and American art, who served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History and associate professor at Lake Forest College before joining the Getty. In 2017-18, he was the Terra visiting professor of American art in the History of Art Department at the University of Oxford. De Baca primarily oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking, including Connecting Art Histories and Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Heather MacDonald, Senior Program Officer
Heather MacDonald is a Senior Program Officer with the Getty Foundation. MacDonald trained as an art historian, specializing in 18th- through 20th-century European art. Prior to joining the Getty, she served as a curator at the Dallas Museum of Art. MacDonald primarily oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking for museums, including Pacific Standard Time and The Paper Project. She also works on grants related to digital projects.
Antoine Wilmering, Senior Program Officer with the Getty Foundation. Wilmering received his training as a conservator of wooden objects in the Netherlands and in the UK. Prior to joining the Getty in 2004, he was the inaugural professor of wood conservation at the Graduate Institute of Conservation of Cultural Relics at the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan and was a conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wilmering manages the Foundation’s grantmaking related to the conservation of art and architecture, including Conserving Canvas and Keeping It Modern.
Latin American and Pre-Columbian art
Mary Miller, Director, Getty Research Institute
Mary Miller is Director of the Getty Research Institute. She is a specialist of the art of the ancient New World and has been recognized for both her scholarly contributions and her curatorial expertise, especially or her work on ancient Mexico and the Maya.
Idurre Alonso, Associate Curator
Idurre Alonso specializes in modern and contemporary art from Latin America with a special emphasis on conceptual photographic practices, the iconography and development of national narratives since the 19th century, and issues of power hierarchies in emerging art.
Modern and Contemporary Art
Andrew Perchuk, Deputy Director, Getty Research Institute
Andrew Perchuk became Deputy Director in 2009, having previously served as the founding head of the Department of Contemporary Programs and Research. He is a specialist in modern and contemporary art.
Nancy Perloff, Curator
Nancy Perloff is Curator, Modern & Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute. She is a specialist in the Russian avant-garde, European modernism, postwar movements (concrete poetry, experimental music), and the relationship between music and the visual arts.
Glenn Phillips, Curator
Glenn Phillips is Curator and Head of Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He is a specialist in the history of curating and the international history of conceptual art, with a focus on video and performance art in Europe and the Americas.
Rebecca Peabody, Head, Research Projects and Programs
Rebecca Peabody is the Head of Research Projects & Programs at the Getty Research Institute. She specializes in American art and visual culture of the 19th – 21st centuries, with particular expertise in contemporary art, African American art, and critical theories of race and gender.
LeRonn Brooks, Associate Curator
LeRonn P. Brooks is the Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections (specializing in African American collections) at the Getty Research Institute. An expert in 20th and 21st-century American painting and sculpture, the focus of his work at the GRI is the acquisition of the archives of African American artists and developing programs at the Getty and partner institutions which further the known scholarship on their lives and artwork.
Pietro Rigolo, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary
Pietro Rigolo’s research focuses mainly on European post-WWII art, history of exhibitions and of curatorial practice.
Zanna Gilbert, Senior Research Specialist
Zanna Gilbert is a Senior Research Specialist in the curatorial department of the Getty Research Institute. Her scholarly interests focus on artists’ networks and the circulation of mail art, conceptual art, artists’ books and concrete and visual poetry, with a particular focus on Latin America.
Digital Art History
Anne Helmreich, Associate Director, Digital Initiatives
Anne Helmreich oversees digital art history, the Getty Provenance Index, and the Getty Vocabularies. She is a leading figure in the digital humanities in the United States and is an art historian, focusing on art market studies and the history of nineteenth-century art and architecture.
Early-Modern European Art
Gail Feigenbaum, Associate Director for Research and Publications
Gail Feigenbaum is a scholar of early-modern European Art and is currently heading a research project with extensive international collaboration on Display of Art in Roman Palaces in the Long 17th Century.
Rare Books and Artists’ Books
Marcia Reed, Associate Director, GRI Special Collections & Exhibitions
As the first Curator of Rare Books at the Getty Research Institute, Marcia Reed developed the rare book and print collections. Her research focuses on the literature of art history, illustrated books, prints, and maps, with special interests in the eighteenth century and the contemporary period.
David Brafman, Associate Curator
David Brafman specializes in early printed books and manuscripts from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and has a particular interest in the historical intersection between science, philosophy, and visual culture in the early modern period. Other interests include Islamic studies in early modern Europe, alchemy, color-theory, and allegory.
Kathleen Salomon, Chief Librarian and Associate Director
Kathleen Salmonon oversees the collections of the library and overseeing management and services for the library, archives, and special collections and leads several collaborative projects and programs, including the Getty Research Portal and an initiative broadly titled “the Future of Art Bibliography” that strives to bring together art libraries, collections, and communities virtually. She is a leading expert on art libraries, collections, open access, resource sharing, and digital tools.
Rachel Rivenc, Head of Conservation and Preservation
Rivenc oversees conservation and preservation at Getty Research Institute. Her research interests include contemporary artists materials and processes, philosophical and ethical considerations in the preservation of contemporary art, and the challenges of balancing preservation and access in archives and libraries.
Maristella Casciato, Senior Curator
Maristella Casciato is Senior Curator Architecture at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Her scholarly studies focus on the history of 20th-century architecture, on modern planning in non-Western regions, and on theories of conservation of the contemporary built environment. She has a wide experience in curating exhibitions based on archival research.
Frances Terpak, Curator and Head of Photographs
Frances Terpak is a photo historian whose fields of expertise include 19th-century China, South and Central Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and selected areas of modern and contemporary photography. She has published on popular entertainment and emerging visual technologies in the early-modern period, photo-mechanical processes, photography as related to colonialism and to the development of the discipline of archeology.
Isotta Poggi, Associate Curator of Photographs
Isotta Poggi is a photo historian currently focusing on the visual culture of Eastern Europe (mainly East Germany and Hungary) during the Cold War and the photographic documentation of 19th-century archaeological missions to the Middle East. Other research interests include the history of photographically-illustrated books, photobooks, and photo-based artists’ books.
Prints and Drawings
Naoko Takahatake, Curator of Prints and Drawings
Naoko Takahatake is Curator of Prints and Drawings. She specializes in the history of early modern prints, with a focus on Renaissance and Baroque Italy.
Tim Whalen is John E. and Louise Bryson Director of the Getty Conservation Institute. His professional association with the Getty dates to 1983, and he has been director of the GCI since 1998. He oversees the strategic direction of the GCI and its programs, while aligning with Getty’s overall mission.
Jeanne Marie Teutonico is associate director of Strategy and Special Initiatives at the GCI, where her responsibilities include managing the Buildings and Sites, Collections, and Science departments, oversight of GCI publications, and the establishment of strategic priorities for the Institute’s programmatic work.
Tom Learner is head of the GCI’s Science department. He oversees all the Institute’s scientific research, developing and implementing projects that advance conservation practice in cultural heritage.
A list of current and past Science initiatives can be viewed here - https://www.getty.edu/conservation/about/science/index.html
Susan Macdonald is the head of GCI’s Buildings and Sites department. In her current and previous positions she has been involved in a wide range of conservation issues from urban planning, development, economics, world heritage, and policy and technical matters.
A list of current and past Buildings and Sites initiatives can be viewed here - https://www.getty.edu/conservation/about/field_projects/index.html
Kathleen Dardes is head of the GCI’s Collections department. She manages the Institute’s education projects for movable cultural heritage, including courses, workshops and in-the-field training activities that take place within the United States and internationally; she also oversees the GCI’s Information Center.
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