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The Getty Goes Modern

April 19, 2012

The Getty Conservation Institute has always cast a wide net when defining the cultural heritage it seeks to preserve, with Modern architecture very much a part of the mix. Last month the Institute took specific aim at the recent past with the launch of the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI), a comprehensive, long-term, and international program of the Institute. The goal of the CMAI is to advance the practice of conserving twentieth-century heritage, with a focus on modern architecture, through research and investigation, the development of practical conservation solutions, and the creation and distribution of information through training programs and publications. The CMAI will work with international and local partners, including professional and organizational networks focused on modern architecture conservation, to expand the existing knowledge base.

The Institute has laid the groundwork for the CMAI with the compilation of Conserving Twentieth-Century Built Heritage: A Bibliography. As part of the new initiative the Institute seeks input from professionals in the field on the bibliography’s content and format before embarking on an updated version. For a full overview visit the CMAI website.

Malin Residence, \"Chemosphere,\" Los Angeles, 1960. John Lautner, architect. Photo by Julius Shulman. Courtesy: Julius Shulman photography archive, The Getty Research Institute