Getty Gets NEH Grant to Organize Huge Contemporary Art Archive

Posted on March 23, 2012 by


From The Los Angeles Times:

The Getty Research Institute landed a huge (literally) prize last year when it bought the Harald Szeemann Archive and Library — one of the world’s leading private collections of books, pictures and documents concerning modern and contemporary art.

But with the trove compiled by Szeemann, a Swiss museum director and independent curator who died in 2005, came the enormous headache of organizing and cataloging more than 1,000 boxes of stuff. Laid end to end, the Getty said, the photographs, papers, correspondence and books would span more than eight football fields (end zones not included).

Even the world’s richest visual art institution would need help with a job like that –- and Uncle Sam is pitching in with a $230,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: NEH announces $17 million in awards and offers for 208 humanities projects (via NEH)
Includes a PDF (39 pages) listing all awards/offers by state.

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