Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Performing arts recordings
Date (inclusive): 1998-2011
J. Paul Getty Museum. Public Programs
13.0 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
Institutional Records and Archives
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
The records comprise audio and video recordings of performances sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum Public Programs department
between 1998 and 2011. The event series include Friday Nights at the Getty, Saturday Nights at the Getty, The Sounds of L.A.,
Selected Shorts, the Summer Sessions, Garden Concerts for Kids, and Gordon Getty Concerts.
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The J. Paul Getty Museum Public Programs department sponsors different types of programs and events to enhance visitors' understanding
and knowledge of art. The programs have a wide variety of audiences, serving children, teens, college students, adults, families,
and educators. The department sponsors a variety of programs including musical concerts, lectures, films, courses, and performances
that include music, dance, and theater.
The J. Paul Getty Museum was established as a charitable trust in 1953 by Jean Paul Getty in order to house his growing art
collections. The museum and its collections grew relatively slowly, finally moving from rooms in Mr. Getty's Malibu ranch
house into the newly constructed Villa museum in 1974.
Though Jean Paul Getty bequeathed the majority of his estate to the museum upon his death in 1976, these assets did not become
available until 1983. Harold M. Williams was hired as President of the Trust in 1981. With the Board of Trustees, Williams
created a plan to expand the Trust's range of activities in order to fully utilize the new endowment and to strengthen the
entire organization's responsibilities to the arts world. As a part of the Trust's expansion program, the Getty Center campus
in Brentwood was planned and built. While the Getty's collection of antiquities remained at the Villa, the rest of the collections
were moved to the new and much larger museum at the Center.
The J. Paul Getty Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and character, that focuses on the visual
arts in all of their dimensions. As of 2011 the Trust supports and oversees four programs: the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty
Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs
serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa near Malibu, California.
Conditions Governing Access note
The records described in accession 2011.IA.45 are available for use by qualified researchers.
Original recordings are restricted; use copies are available for use by qualified researchers. Use copies do not exist for
most of the recordings in this collection. The production of use copies is required before access can be granted and may add
a delay to research requests. Advanced notice is required for the production of use copies.
The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security
or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the
right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.
[Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Performing arts recordings, 1998-2001, The J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Research
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The materials described in this finding aid originated in accession 2011.IA.45.
Processing Information note
The materials were processed and the finding aid was created by Zoe Macleod in 2011. Cyndi Shein added accruals from 2011
Scope and Content of Collection
Materials comprise audio and video recordings of performances sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum Public Programs department
from 1998 to 2011. Event series include Friday Nights at the Getty, Saturday Nights at the Getty, The Sounds of L.A., Selected
Shorts, Gordon Getty Concerts, Summer Sessions, and Garden Concerts for Kids.
"Friday Nights at the Getty" was a series of free events that included performances of contemporary music, dance, theater,
and spoken word productions.
"Saturday Nights at the Getty" (formerly Friday Nights at the Getty) is a free, contemporary performance series featuring
an eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, and spoken word events.
"The Sounds of L.A." is an annual concert series produced by the J. Paul Getty Museum that explores the city's varied musical
geography, promoting an understanding of past and present, old and new.
"Selected Shorts" is an annual series that features actors from the stage, film, and television reading classic and new short
"Gordon Getty Concerts" feature musical performances that complement exhibits at the Getty Center.
"Summer Sessions" is a free outdoor concert series held annually that features world music.
"Garden Concerts for Kids" is a free concert series for children and their families which takes place in the Getty Center's
The records are arranged chronologically.
Subjects - Topics
Art museums--Educational aspects
Genres and Forms of Material
Videodiscs (video recording disks)