The Getty Research Institute’s Scholarly Resources and Research Projects

Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Director Getty Research Institute (US)

Co-presented with the Power Institute, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney

25 February 2014

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) disposes of a 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 GRI’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 GRI programs, such as the scholars program, where art historians from around the world conduct research while in residence at the GRI. A number of research projects explore the collections, putting them into the context of the current state of research, and make the localized resources available to a broader public. This lecture will give an overview of the GRI’s scholarly initiatives and research projects.

Thomas Gaehtgens

Thomas W. Gaehtgens is Director of the Getty Research Institute. Previously, he was Director of the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte/Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris, an institution he founded in 1997, and Professor at the Department of Art History at the Free University of Berlin. He is an art historian of eighteenth- to twentieth-century German and French art as well as broader fields of art and intellectual history. He organized the XXVIIIth International Congress of Art History in Berlin in 1992 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 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 Paris-Sorbonne in 2011. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.