June 5, 2006 |
THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST has a problem. I'm not talking about the possibly looted Greek and Roman antiquities in its museum collection or the investigation by the state attorney general's office of past financial shenanigans in the executive suite. Those are certainly problems, widely reported in these pages, which the Getty is now addressing with sobriety. I'm talking about something else. I'm talking about a predicament at least as big, if not bigger.
December 15, 2002 |
Visit the Getty Center, and you can get a sense of what its fiscal overseers have experienced in five years of running it: a steep ride up and a steep ride down, all for the sake of an edifying encounter with art. The tram ride to and from the hilltop museum and research complex in Brentwood is a mile-and-a-half round trip and doesn't cost a cent. But the art institution's up-and-down financial journey can be tallied in billions gained, lost and spent.
December 6, 1998 |
Despite sitting on a portfolio that has grown in value to nearly $5 billion, the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust wants to do what some see as the unthinkable: start raising money. One year into his tenure, Barry Munitz has a list of options on the table: seek corporate sponsors for exhibitions at the Getty's famed museums; solicit gifts of art from private collectors; charge for memberships at the Getty Villa in Malibu; and borrow money for future construction projects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1998 |
Barry Munitz, the nimble administrator who usually played peacemaker during his half a dozen years as California State University's chancellor, left his post this week with an uncharacteristically blunt warning to the faculty: Quit complaining about Cal State's search for deep-pocketed business partners or risk turning the university into "a second-rate institution."
May 24, 2007 |
James N. Wood, the new president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, owes his job partly to the indiscretions of his globetrotting predecessor. On Wednesday, in his first speaking engagement in L.A. since arriving to lend his 40 years of museum experience to the image-challenged Getty, he spoke repeatedly about the need to run it with a keen view toward acting locally.
April 22, 1995 |
Harold M. Williams, president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, was honored by the French government this week when he was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. "Because of his love of French art, which he has shown on numerous occasions, Monsieur Williams is among those Americans with whom France is honored to be friends," said Jacques Toubon, the French minister of culture, in presenting the award at a ceremony here Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2002 |
The J. Paul Getty Trust, long rebuffed in its efforts to add an amphitheater to its now-closed Pacific Palisades villa, won a key battle in state appellate court against traffic-wary residential neighbors Monday. A three-judge panel overturned the 2000 decision by Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs, who held that the Los Angeles City Council had improperly approved the Getty's plans for a 450-seat theater by overriding zoning restrictions and the protests of neighbors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1992
The J. Paul Getty Trust is giving $100,000 to the L.A. Arts Recovery Fund for grants to artists, educators and cultural efforts in parts of the city affected by the riots. The initial projects of the fund--a program of the city's Cultural Affairs Department--are art classes for children and seniors, public murals, musical events, and dance and performance art programs.