PROFESSOR THOMAS W. GAEHTGENS, DIRECTOR OF THE GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
25 February, 2014
6.00 - 7.30pm
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The Power Institute and Sydney Ideas are proud to present a lecture by internationally respected art scholar and historian, and Director of the Getty Research Institute, Professor Thomas W. Gaehtgens. In his presentation, Professor Gaehtgens will share insights from his seven years at the helm of the Getty Research Institute, one of the world’s most preeminent research centers for arts and culture. In particular, Professor Gaehtgens will discuss the work of the Getty Research Institute with regard to its global commitment to research and scholarly resources. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Professor Gaehtgens speak, and to learn how a leading institution such as the Getty successfully dedicates itself to advancing further knowledge and understanding within the field of visual arts.
The Getty Research Institute is an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The Getty Research Institute provides intellectual leadership through research, exhibitions, publication programs, residencies, fellowships, online resources, and a Research Library. The Getty Research Institute delivers this variety of scholarly resources, programs, and initiatives for its goal to further research in art history, with special emphasis on the discipline’s “global turn.” The foundation of the Getty Research Institute's resources is formed by the institute’s collections, which seek to establish connections between Western and non-Western traditions. These collections in turn form the basis for the various Getty Research Institute programs, including the scholars program, where art historians from around the world conduct research while in residence at the Getty Research Institute, and research projects which explore the collections, putting them into the context of current research, thus making the localized resources available to a broader public.
Professor Thomas W. Gaehtgens is Director of the Getty Research Institute, having commenced the role in 2007. Prior to joining the Getty Research Institute, Gaehtgens was director of the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte (German Center for the History of Art) in Paris, an institution he founded in 1997, and Professor at the Department of Art History at the Freie Universität of Berlin (Free University of Berlin). He is an art historian of 18th and 19th century German and French art as well as broader fields of art and intellectual history. In 1992, he organized the XXVIIIth International Congress of Art History in Berlin and served as President of the Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art from 1992 to 1996. For his accomplishments and contributions to art history, he has received numerous awards and honors, including an honorary doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2004, the Grand Prix de l'Académie Française pour la Francophonie in 2009, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 2011. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.
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