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Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. recordings, 2008-2012

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Series I. Getty Foundation funded Pacific Standard Time oral histories, 2008-2012
18th Street Arts Center, 2011-2012
American Museum of Ceramic Art: "Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975," 2009-2010
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center: "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980," 2008-2010
Armory Center for the Arts: "Speaking in Tongues: The Art of Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961-1976," 2009-2010
California African American Museum: "Places of Validation, Art and Progression," circa 2011
California Institute of the Arts: "The Experimental Impulse," 2011-2012
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department: "Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center," 2010
Huntington Library, Museum, and Botanic Gardens: "The House that Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985," mid 1990s, 2011
Japanese American National Museum: "Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles," 2011-2012
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions: "Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983," 2009-2011
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: "California Design, 1930-1965: 'Living in a Modern Way,'" 2011
Los Angeles Filmforum: "Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980," 2009-2010
Orange County Museum of Art: "State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970," 2009-2011
Otis College of Art and Design: "Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building (1973-1991)," 2009-2012
Pomona College Museum of Art: "It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles, 1969-1973," 2008-2010
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery: "Clay's Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos: 1956-1968," 2009-2011
UCLA Film and Television Archive: L.A. Rebellion, 2010-2011
USC Fisher Museum of Art: "Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community," 2011
Vincent Price Art Museum: "'Round the Clock: Chinese American Artists Working in Los Angeles"
Series II. Getty produced Pacific Standard Time audio recordings, 2008-2012
Series II.A. Getty produced oral histories and events 2008-2012
Series II.B. Crosscurrents in L.A.: Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970 exhibition audio, 2011
Series III. Audiovisual documentation of Pacific Standard Time partner institution exhibitions, 2010-2012
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. Recordings, 2008-2012

Administrative History

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) is an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a not-for-profit educational, cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Originally established in 1983 as the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (GCHAH), the objective of the GCHAH was to foster advanced research in art, its history, diversity, and meaning in culture by engaging scholars from various disciplines in the humanities. In 1996, in order to avoid confusion with the soon-to-open Getty Center campus in Brentwood, the GCHAH was renamed the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities and in 2000, the program's name was shortened to the Getty Research Institute (GRI).

The GRI's mission is to further knowledge and advance understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through advanced research and scholarship, and through its activities and resources, provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange. The GRI's Research Library, consisting of over one million books, periodicals, study photographs, auction catalogs and special collections of rare and unique materials, as well as online resources and databases, serve an international community of scholars and the interested public. The GRI also provides intellectual leadership through its research projects, exhibitions, and publication programs and provides service to a wide range of scholars worldwide through residencies, fellowships, hosted lectures and symposia, and its innovative digital reference tools. Through all of its programs and activities, the GRI endeavors to provide resources, expertise, and a collaborative environment for art-historical research and publication.

Through the GRI's multidisciplinary programming, first from the department of Contemporary Programs and Research and later, its successor, the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art (DACA), the GRI worked to advance art history scholarship of contemporary art, including sound art, audiovisual documentation of personal art, experimental music, and dance as well as a focus on the birth of video as an artistic medium around the world.

The Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 project is rooted in a Getty Research Institute DACA initiative called Modern Art in Los Angeles that began in 2002 with the goal to recover the historical record of art in Southern California. Around 2009, the J. Paul Getty Trust recognized the potential of Modern Art in Los Angeles to expand beyond the Getty Research Institute, and in 2011, created an initiative branded and trademarked as Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.

Fueled by a series of Getty grants, the Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 initiative grew into a region-wide collaboration between more than 60 cultural institutions, culminating in a series of exhibitions and events from October 2011 to April 2012 across Southern California called Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. In addition to exhibitions and events, over 40 publications documenting Los Angeles' impact on art history during the postwar years were created and dozens of traveling and related exhibitions were held all over the world, resulting in unprecedented international press attention focused on the history of art in Los Angeles.

A series of public programs were offered as a part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 that included lectures, symposia, performance art, theater, concerts, readings, film screenings, oral histories, and public conversations in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics discussed their contributions to Los Angeles' vibrant postwar art scene.

Four Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 exhibitions were held at the Getty:

Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 (co-sponsored by the GRI and the J. Paul Getty Museum); Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980 (sponsored by the GRI); From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column (sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum); In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980 (sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum).

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