Guide to Documentation of the Installation of at the Restaurant at the Getty Center, 1997

Finding aid prepared by Zoe MacLeod and Cyndi Shein


Descriptive Summary

Title: Documentation of the installation of Taste at the Restaurant at the Getty Center
Date (inclusive): 1997
Number: IA30009
Creator/Collector: J. Paul Getty Trust
Physical Description: 3.4 linear feet (2 boxes and 1 flat file)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Institutional Records and Archives
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
archives@getty.edu
Abstract: Records document the 1997 creation and execution of Taste, Alexis Smith's permanent mixed-media installation for the Restaurant at the Getty Center. Materials comprise 35mm color slides; 4 x 5 inch color transparencies; 4 x 5 inch color and black-and-white negatives; and 5 screen prints signed by the artisit. The photographs, shot by Grant Mudford, document the progress of the installation.
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Language: Collection material is in English

Biographical Note

A native Californian, Alexis Smith (born Patricia Anne Smith) is well-known for her mixed-media collages. While growing up she read books and wrote plays. Her interest in literature is evident in some of her early collages where she combined objects and images with textual passages from John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis, and Nathaniel West. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1970 and her first installation was presented in 1972 at the Pasadena Art Museum. Over the years her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art Gallery in New York, among others.

Project Background

The Getty Center opened in 1997 as a multifaceted campus located in Brentwood, California, comprised of modern architecture, gardens, and fountains. It is owned and operated by the J. Paul Getty Trust, a cultural and philanthropic organization. The Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and character, that focuses on the visual arts in all of their dimensions. The Center is home to the Trust and its four programs: the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Museum and the Conservation Institute also maintain operations at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, the original site of the Museum.
The Restaurant at the Getty Center is home to a permanent mixed-media installation called Taste, which was designed for the space by artist, Alexis Smith. The J. Paul Getty Trust commissioned the prints, the mural, and the documentation of the installation. The prints were exhibited in the J. Paul Getty Museum prior to their transfer to the Institutional Archives.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The materials described in accession 1998.IA.09 are available for use by qualified researchers.
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.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Documentation of the Installation of Taste at the Restaurant at the Getty Center, J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute, (IA30009).

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Materials were transferred in May of 1998 from the J. Paul Getty Museum following the deinstallation of an exhibit. The materials were originally assigned accession 830137 and were later designated as accession 1998.IA.09 during a renumbering project in the Institutional Archives.

Processing Information note

In 2011 materials were processed and inventory was created by Zoe MacLeod; finding aid was subsequently created by Cyndi Shein.

Scope and Content of Collection

Materials document the 1997 creation and execution of Taste, Alexis Smith's permanent mixed-media installation (wall mural) for the Restaurant at the Getty Center. The collection comprise 35mm color slides; 4 x 5 inch color transparencies; 4 x 5 inch color and black-and-white negatives; and 5 screen prints signed by the artist and labeled: Design entrance wall, Design vertical wall, Design vertical wall 2, Design dining room wall, and Small paintings detail. The photographs, shot by Grant Mudford, document the progress of the installation. The contents of the photographs include the start of the project and views of background painting in progress, the south wall in progress, the east wall in progress, the artist with the crew of Jerry Solomon Enterprises working on designs of plates and heads, the north-facing wall in progress, and the work nearing completion prior to the installation of plates and collages.

Arrangement note

Materials are arranged by format: images are in binders and large drawings are in flat files.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Smith, Alexis, 1949-

Subjects - Corporate Bodies

Getty Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Subjects - Topics

Mixed media (Art)
Mural painting and decoration--California--Los Angeles

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographic prints--20th century
Screen prints

Contributors

Mudford, Grant, 1944-
Smith, Alexis, 1949-


Container List

 

Taste: Documentation of Wall Designs for Restaurant at the Getty Center, 1997

Box 1998.IA.09-01

Binder 1, 1997

Physical Description: (approximately 800 35mm color slides)

Scope and Content Note

This binder contains photographs that document the beginning of the project and the progress of the south and east walls.
Box 1998.IA.09-02

Binder 2, 1997

Physical Description: (approximately 560 35mm color slides; 32 4x5 in color transparencies)

Scope and Content Note

This binder contains photographs documenting the artist working on plates and heads, the progress of the north-facing wall, and the project near its completion.
Box 1998.IA.09 Oversize folders

Getty Center Restaurant Project Conceptual Designs, 1997

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Scope and Content Note

Materials comprise five conceptual designs, each measuring 30" x 43" in length and width (including the matting). Thedesigns are color screen prints created, dated, and signed by the artist, Alexis Smith, in 1997. Overall themes underlying the design concepts for the wall decor of the Getty Restaurant are food, taste, and associations with fine dining. There are conceptual designs for the Entrance Wall, two for the Dining Room Wall, and two for the Vertical Wall.