There have been a lot of announcements from on high lately. The critics have begun to weigh-in on the recent appointment of Timothy Potts as the new director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty also disclosed a list of its highest paid personnel. Here’s an infographic to help make things easier.
Unbeknownst to many is the fact that the Getty is much more than a museum. The whole Getty is actually a four-armed trust, which is overseen by a board of trustees (the crew in the picture below), and run by the trust officers (the top two levels of the chart). The Getty has four programs are the Getty Conservation Institute (headed by Tom Whalen), the Getty Foundation (headed by Deborah Marrow), and the Getty Research Institute (headed by Thomas Gaehtgens).
Christopher Knight over at the LA Times is a huge opponent to the trust organization. He thinks the Director of the Museum should also be the President and CEO of the Trust. (James Cuno recently took up this title, so Potts will answer to him.) The Trust arrangement makes the museum “first among equals” as Knight calls it, but does not make the museum tantamount, which in my opinion is a good thing. The three others programs’ initiatives and activities don’t need to be influenced by the activities of the museum. Another argument Knight makes is that the Trust arrangement is not the vision of the original donor J. Paul Getty. But I would argue that the Trust arrangement is not so far from the donor’s intent. And come on, they had to figure out a way to spend all that Getty oil money.
P.S. Govan remains the best paid (and sexiest) museum director in LA; LACMA pays him $915,000 to keep him around.
P.P.S. Speaking of LACMA, it’s finally happening!