The Getty Center is, in many senses of the word, about seeing: looking, visiting, discovering, experiencing, examining, understanding. The Center provides an extraordinary vantage point from which to gaze outward over the city of Los Angeles, the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains, and the Pacific Ocean, and a position from which to turn inward to contemplate great works of art and the achievements of the world's diverse cultures.
A rare wedding of imagination and pragmatism, the Center provides new and diverse perspectives on the act of creativity and the legacy of the artist's endeavors.
The Los Angeles to which the Getty Center reaches out is the youngest of America's great cities. Poised on the Pacific Rim, and gateway to Mexico and Latin America, Los Angeles has the busiest port complex of any city in the U.S. and is the nation's largest trade center. |
L.A. is birthplace of the Internet and home of to the entertainment, information, and other new industries that are shapingamerican culture and life as the millennium approaches. An urban laboratory in which many global challenges - environmental issues, economic and social policy concerns, and public education and health care reform - are today being explored, Los Angeles is bound to become a world capital for the twenty-first century.