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Maybe it's not so bad to lose your director to the Getty Trust. The Art Institute of Chicago announced late Wednesday that it'll soon be getting a $400,000 grant from the Getty Foundation to build an online catalog of AIC's collection of works by Monet and Renoir. Departing AIC director James Cuno starts his new job as head of the foundation's parent organization, the J. Paul Getty Trust, in August. His predecessor there was another former AIC director, James Wood.
The AIC was one of eight organizations that got Getty planning-stage funding for digital projects two years ago. That $240,000 grant was used to build an interactive prototype, developed with the help of programmers from the Indianapolis Museum of Art.