Robbin Goddard / Los Angeles Times
The J. Paul Getty Museum has been without a director for two years, and acting Director David Bomford recently announced he'll also be gone by February. New Getty Trust President James Cuno hopes to name a permanent replacement by summer. Although the job seems to be a plum, the appointment won't be easy.
That's because the Getty is the only major American art museum whose director reports to a paid president rather than a board of trustees. Full responsibility for the museum without full authority has caused friction in the past, partly explaining rapid turnover in the job: Including Bomford, four people have occupied the Getty director's office in just the 14 years since the Brentwood museum opened.
-- Christopher Knight
Pictured: View of the museum courtyard fountain in front of the West Pavilion of the Getty Center, seen from the terrace of the Exhibitions Pavilion, on July 29, 2007, in Los Angeles.