The Paul Revere Williams Archive: Building a Legacy

02/24/21, 6:00PM

  • Thursday, February 24, 2021
    6:00PM - 8:00PM

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Additional support provided by the Ford Foundation

Photo credit: Beverly Hills Hotel Addition, Beverly Hills, Paul R. Williams architect, Built 1949-50, photography by Julius Shulman, 1950, Gelatin Silver Print, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

A panel discussion with USC School of Architecture and the Getty Research Institute on the legacy of USC alumnus Paul Revere Williams.

To register, please email SpecialEvents@getty.edu by February 17.

The PRW Archive is a joint acquisition of the USC School of Architecture and the Getty Research Institute.


Milton S. F. Curry

Dean, USC Architecture

Milton S. F. Curry is dean and professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture and holds the Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture - positions he has held since 2017. Dean Curry is an academic leader and an accomplished scholar and designer. He has edited and co-edited six serial volumes of Critical Productive Journal and Appendx Journal; and has authored influential essays and articles related to architecture, urbanism, race and cultural theory. Dean Curry worked at the offices of KPF Architects prior to establishing his own design practice, MiltonCurry ProjectStudio, where he worked on built projects in New York and Ithaca, unbuilt projects in Oakland, and exhibition projects, including his works in the 2004 Studio Museum in Harlem. He has organized symposia and conferences at Design Miami, Zona Maco Mexico City, and at academic institutions such as Cornell and University of Michigan. Dean Curry believes in public discourse on architecture and culture and has been cited and published in Deem Journal, Architect’s Newspaper, Huffington Post, Detroit Is It, Architectural Record, Archinect, ARCHITECT, and other venues. Dean Curry has lectured and contributed to panels widely, most recently at Princeton University, Columbia Buell Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Venice Biennale.


Trudi Sandmeier

Master of Heritage Conservation Program Director, USC Architecture

Trudi Sandmeier is the Director of Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation and an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. She began teaching at USC in 2003 and since 2011 has served as a full-time faculty member and program director. Previously, from 2000 to 2011, she worked for the Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest local historic preservation non-profit in the U.S., holding the titles of Preservation Advocate, Broadway Initiative Coordinator, and Director of Education.

She co-founded and currently serves as president of the non-profit Will Rogers Ranch Foundation, an organization dedicated to the ongoing restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of Will Rogers State Historic Park. In addition, she serves as a board member of the Docomomo Southern California chapter, the California Preservation Foundation, and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation. She also serves as an advisor to FORT:LA. Previously, she served as a member of the SurveyLA Review Committee (Planning, City of Los Angeles), as one of the organizers of the 2019 Preserving the Recent Past 3 conference, and as the co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Global Heritage Conservation (2019).

Her work centers on the conservation of the recent past and efforts to make visible the impact of underrepresented constituencies on the historic built environment.

Kenneth Breisch

Associate Professor, USC Architecture

Ken Breisch has a joint appointment in the USC School of Architecture and the Dornsife Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and served as founder and Director of the USC Graduate Programs in Historic Preservation (now Heritage Conservation) from 1997 to 2011. Under his leadership, this program was the recipient of the California Preservation Foundation President's Award and a Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award. Breisch has taught at SCI-Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture), the University of Delaware and the University of Texas at Austin and served as Director of Survey and Planning for the Texas State Historic Preservation Office from 1981 until 1986. He has published on American architectural history, especially in the areas of vernacular building and library design, where his books include Henry Hobson Richardson and the Small Public Library in America: A Study in Typology (MIT, 1997); The Los Angeles Central Library: Building an Architectural Icon, 1872-1933 (J. Paul Getty Trust, 2016); and American Libraries: 1730-1950 (Library of Congress and W. W. Norton, 2017). He is the co-editor of Constructing Image, Identity and Place: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, IX; and Building Place: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, X (University of Tennessee Press: 2003 and 2005). Breisch is a past president of the Society of Architectural Historians and has served on the Board of The Vernacular Architecture Forum. He was a Santa Monica Planning Commissioner from 1993 to 2000, and a member of the Board of the Santa Monica Public Library from 2001 to 2014. He currently serves on the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission and is Board Member Emeritus of the Santa Monica Conservancy.

James Cuno

President and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust

James Cuno was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 6, 1951. He took his BA degree in History from Willamette University in 1973, a MA in Art History from the University of Oregon in 1978, and MA and PhD degrees in Fine Arts (history of art) from Harvard University in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He has held teaching positions at Vassar College, UCLA, Dartmouth, and Harvard, and served as Director of UCLA’s Grunwald Center of the Graphic Arts (1986-89), Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art (1989-91), Harvard University Art Museums (1991-2002), Director and Professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (2002-04), and President and Director of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004-11). He assumed his current position as President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust in August 2011.

Jim has lectured and written widely on museums and cultural and public policy. Since 2003, he has published three books with Princeton University Press—Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public’s Trust (author and editor), Who Owns Antiquity: Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage (author), and Whose Culture? The Promise of Museums and the Debate Over Antiquities (author and editor)—and another with the University of Chicago Press, Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum (author). He earlier edited two books distributed by the University of Chicago Press, French Caricature and the French Revolution, 1789-1799 (1998) and Fiorades/Fizzles: Echo and Allusion in the Art of Jasper Johns (1987).

Jim is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he serves on the Council and as International Secretary. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Willamette University. He also serves on the External Advisory Group for the Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective at Atlanta University Center.

Mary Miller

Director, Getty Research Institute

Mary Miller became director of the Getty Research Institute on January 1, 2019. She served as Dean of Yale College from 2008-2014 and was the first woman to hold this position.

Dr. Miller earned her A.B. from Princeton and her Ph.D. from Yale. At Yale, she also served as chair of the Department of History of Art, chair of the Council on Latin American Studies, director of Graduate Studies in Archeological Studies, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Women Faculty Forum at Yale. From 2016-2018, she was Senior Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage on Yale’s West Campus.

Dr. Miller is a specialist of the art of the ancient New World and has been recognized for both her scholarly contributions and her curatorial expertise. She curated The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2004 and co-curated landmark exhibition The Blood of Kings with Linda Schele at the Kimbell Art Museum in 1986. For both exhibitions, she co-wrote the catalogues of the same title, the former with Simon Martin, and the latter with Linda Schele. Among her many books are The Murals of Bonampak, The Art of Mesoamerica (now entering its 6th edition), Maya Art and Architecture (with Megan O’Neil), The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya (with Karl Taube), and A Pre-Columbian World (co-edited with Jeffrey Quilter). With Barbara Mundy, Miller edited Painting a Map of Mexico City, a study of the rare indigenous map in the Beinecke Library (2012); and with Claudia Brittenham, she wrote The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak (2013).

For her work on ancient Mexico and the Maya, Dr. Miller has won national recognition including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Getty Grant. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. Named to a Sterling Professorship in 2008, she delivered the Fifty-ninth A. W. Mellon lectures at the National Gallery of Art in 2010 and the Slade Lectures at Cambridge University in 2015.

Maristella Casciato

Senior Curator of Architectural Collections, Getty Research Institute

Maristella Casciato, architect and architectural historian, has been a full professor at the University of Bologna/School of Architecture. She is currently Senior Curator, Head of Architecture Special Collections at the Getty Research Institute (2016-to present). In the past years she has been responsible for major acquisitions, such as Paul Revere Williams Archive, Frank Gehry Papers, 1954-1988, Lebbeus Woods drawings for “A-City”, and Erich Mendelsohn’s the American Years. Among the exhibitions she curated, Monumentality (2018) and Bauhaus Beginnings (2019). Two forthcoming books: The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830-1930 (GRI Publications, June 2021), and The Album Punjab, 1951. Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Their Discovery of India (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2022). 

LeRonn Brooks

Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute

Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks is the Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles. As the lead curator for the Getty's new African American Art History Initiative, he is charged with building and developing collections to promote advanced research in the study of African American art history. Founded in 1985, the GRI is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through active collecting and public programs, institutional collaborations, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars programs.

Dr. Brooks is a specialist in African American art, poetics, performance, and Africana Studies. His interviews, essays on African American art, and poetry have appeared in publications for The Studio Museum in Harlem, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Spelman Museum of Art, Callaloo Journal, The International Review of African American Art as well as The Aperture Foundation, among others.

Related Links: Architect Paul Revere Williams’ Archive Jointly Acquired by USC School of Architecture and Getty Research Institute