Joan Weinstein. Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Joan Weinstein Named Director of Getty Foundation

The J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles announced today that Joan Weinstein has been appointed director of the Getty Foundation. Weinstein is perhaps best known as the driving force and codirector of the Getty’s 2011 initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California. She first joined the foundation in 1994 and has worked in various roles since then, including as acting director, associate director, and senior program officer.

“The Getty Foundation is committed to serving the fields of art history, conservation, and museums, and there are few people who understand the professional needs in these areas more than Joan Weinstein,” said Jim Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “Her deep knowledge of the visual arts and of strategic philanthropy has led to the creation of meaningful initiatives that have supported groundbreaking research and exhibitions, international scholarly exchange, training for museum professionals in sub-Saharan Africa, and so much more. Joan’s experience is invaluable, and I look forward to her taking the foundation to a new level.”

During her career at the Getty, Weinstein has had responsibilities that have ranged from overseeing the foundation’s undergraduate internship program to establishing a $2.9 million grant initiative for cultural institutions recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Previously, she worked as an arts educator, teaching art history at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also the author of a number of books and articles on the history of modern art in Weimar, Germany.

Commenting on her new role, Weinstein said: “The foundation has a strong legacy of supporting the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in our home city and around the world, but our work is far from done. I look forward to working even more closely with the Getty’s talented and dedicated board and staff, as well as with our remarkable grantees, to creatively address the pressing issues facing the arts and cultural heritage today.”

Weinstein succeeds Deborah Marrow, who retired in December 2018 after more than three decades of leading the Getty’s grantmaking program.