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The Art and Science of Conservation

Stated Meeting, Malibu, CA
Saturday, February 23, 2008

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Welcome: James Wood (3 min.) joined the J. Paul Getty Trust in February 2007 as President and Chief Executive Officer. A recognized arts leader, Wood served as Director and President of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1980-2004. Prior to that, he was the Director of The St. Louis Museum of Art and Associate Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. He also held positions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Currently, Wood sits on the boards of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, the Harvard University Art Museums, and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Speakers: Jerry Podany, Jorge Silvetti, and Robert Campbell In order of appearance (38 min.)
Jerry Podany joined the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1978 and became Senior Conservator of Antiquities Conservation in 1986. An adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, he lectures and teaches internationally on the subject of conservation and collections care within museums. Podany is President of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and Past President of the American Institute for Conservation. He has served on numerous committees and professional boards of directors. He publishes widely on aspects of object conservation, archaeological site preservation, the history of restoration, and on issues related to disaster mitigation and seismic protection of collections.


  Jorge Silvetti is a Principal of the architectural firm Machado and Silvetti Associates, which he co-founded in 1974. Since 1975, he has also taught architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he became Professor of Architecture in Design and Design Theory in 1983. He was Director of the Master of Architecture program at Harvard from 1985 to 1989 and was named Nelson Robinson, Jr. Professor of Architecture in 1990. From 1995 to 2002, he chaired the Department of Architecture at Harvard. His writings have appeared in numerous architectural and urban design magazines, including Oppositions, Controspazio, Daidalos, Metamorfosi, Harvard Architectural Review, and Assemblage. A juror for the Pritzker Architectural Prize from 1996 to 2004, he regularly serves on juries for architectural competitions and awards. The first person to receive Progressive Architecture awards in all three categories of architecture, urban design, and research, he was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 1985. His work on the Getty Villa in Malibu has been honored with several awards, including the Charles Pankow Award from the American Concrete Institute.
   Robert Campbell is the Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic of The Boston Globe and writes a regular column, “Critique,” for the magazine Architectural Record. In private practice as an architect since 1975, Campbell serves as a consultant to cultural institutions and cities and has taught architectural design at several schools, most recently as the Max Fisher Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. He is a former artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome, and in 2004 received the annual Award of Honor of the Boston Society of Architects. With Peter Vanderwarker, he is the author of Cityscapes of Boston: An American City Through Time. His poetry has appeared in several publications, including The Atlantic Monthly and the Harvard Review. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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