A Dazzling Suite of Public Programs to Accompany PST ART: Art & Science Collide
From rocket launches and interactive art projects to cutting-edge performances and thought-provoking conversations, audiences will be able to enjoy an array of newly announced PST ART: Art & Science Collide programs in 2024. Corresponding with 66 exhibitions across Southern California featuring over 800 artists, the five months of programming will invite participants to engage with the deep interplay between art and science over time and across different cultures. Among the events are a three-day PST ART x Science Family Festival hosted by Edinburgh Science for children ages 4 to 14 and their families; community hubs at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, LA Commons, and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History; and PST ART Weekends that will become a “festival of festivals,” bringing together neighboring institutions for exhibition-hopping and socializing.
Dive into the story of Charles McAfee’s beloved modernist pool
In 1969, architect Charles McAfee built what is now his eponymously named swimming pool in Wichita, Kansas as a safe recreational space for a Black community long denied facilities due to segregation. Find out how a group of locals recently rallied to save the pool, and how our Conserving Black Modernism initiative (a collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation) is helping preserve the cherished site—a significant example of Black modernist architecture. The pool complex is one of eight buildings to have received a Conserving Black Modernism grant in 2023 and the application round for a second set of grants (which will fund eight more sites) will open in early 2024.
The Charles McAfee Pool in Wichita, Kansas. Photo: Nicole Bissey Photography
Met allerbeste wensen (Very Best Wishes) to Ton Wilmering
Although it’s said that “all good things must come to an end,” we wish it weren’t true when it comes to the retirement of our dear Dutch colleague, Antoine Wilmering, who will conclude his 20-year career at the Getty Foundation in March 2024. For those who know or have worked with “Ton,” you’ve probably experienced his incredible dedication as a senior program officer spearheading numerous conservation grant initiatives, including most recently Keeping It Modern and Conserving Canvas, his own talents in conservation and woodworking, and his remarkable kindness to everyone he meets. We’ll miss him greatly when he retires next spring. An international search for a successor will start soon, so please look for updates on our social media channels.
Antoine Wilmering at the Getty Foundation. Photo: J. Paul Getty Trust
Paper Project Recognition and New Resources
Our Paper Project initiative continues to help curators of prints and drawings develop their skills and engage 21st-century audiences with the graphic arts through a variety of important exhibitions, publications, and digital offerings. One such catalogue, Paper Knives, Paper Crowns: Political Prints in the Dutch Republic, has received the 2023 International Fine Print Dealers Association Foundation Book Award for excellence in research, scholarship, and the discussion of new ideas in the field of prints. Authored by Maureen Warren, curator of European and American art at the University of Illinois’s Krannert Art Museum, the volume features her Paper Project-supported research into political satire in early modern Netherlandish printmaking. This fall also brings a wave of new Paper Project exhibitions and resources, including shows at Print Center New York, Vincent Price Art Museum, and the MAK Center as well as new digital publications from MFA Boston and the Musée de l’Armée.