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After thirteen years of planning and construction, the Getty Center opened to the public on December 16, 1997. Architect Richard Meier shares his memories designing the campus, including living in the midst of a construction zone and finding golf balls across the site. This is the first episode of Getty at Twenty, a three-part series that looks at the Getty Center on the twentieth anniversary of its opening.

Black and white photograph of an architectural model of buildings from above

Image of Getty Center architectural model by Richard Meier & Partners, ca. 1995. Institutional Archives, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (1997.IA.10) © J. Paul Getty Trust

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JIM CUNO: Hello, I’m Jim Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Welcome to Art and Ideas, a podcast in which I speak to artists, conservators, authors, and scholars about their work.
RICHARD MEIER: They said, “Oh, yeah, the building’s too expensive. We want to keep everything, ...

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“The Dharma at Big Sur – Sri Moonshine and A New Day.” Music written by John Adams and licensed with permission from Hendon Music. (P) 2006 Nonesuch Records, Inc., Produced Under License From Nonesuch Records, Inc. ISRC: USNO10600825 & USNO10600824

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