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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
Series I. Getty Foundation funded Pacific Standard Time oral histories, 2008-2012 8.5 Linear Feet (18 boxes and 5 enclosures: printed material, 1 hard drive, 26 video tapes, 276 optical discs. 1.52 TB)
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 0.7 Linear Feet (2 boxes: 49 optical discs; 43.2 GB)
Civic Virtue transcripts and video samples online

Materials comprise video recordings and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted in 2010 by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in conjunction with their exhibition "Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center," which examined the institutional histories of two of the oldest and most diverse artistic centers operated by the DCA. The exhibition was open from December 2011 to February 2012 and highlighted the work of some of the artists, curators, and community activists whose contributions enhanced the culture and community of Los Angeles and helped establish it as an international artistic center. The exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery was "a chronological survey examining the role of civic government in relationship to the development of arts in Los Angeles traced through painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and film," while the exhibition at the Watts Towers was "a chronological survey examining the development of this important grass-roots arts space into an established, nationally-recognized, community arts center."
The interviews were primarily conducted by Pilar Tompkins Rivas and focus on the development, restoration, administration, and activities of the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from the perspective of individuals actively involved with the institutions. The interviews, exhibition, and related events were part of the city-wide Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. project that focused on postwar art in Los Angeles from 1945-1980.
Additional information on this exhibition can be found on the PST website at
Discs are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the interviewee, followed by the disc containing transcripts of the interviews.
The recordings and transcripts exist solely in digital format (electronic documents and recordings that were transferred to the Archives on optical discs). The discs act as archival or duplication masters and are therefore restricted. Some of the interviews are restricted; restrictions are noted below. These materials are open to researchers and available online.
2012.IA.052-01 Artist and curator Cecil Fergerson discusses his history with LACMA and the community in Watts, May 20, 2010 (Duplication masters: 5 DVDs)
2012.IA.052-01 Curator and museum director Josine Ianco-Starrels provides an overview of her professional career up to 1980, April 16-18, 2010 (Duplication maters: 13 DVDs)
2012.IA.052-01 Historic site curator Virgina Kazor discusses her work with the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs and the restoration of the Watts Towers and Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, September 29, 2010 (Duplication masters: 2 DVDs)
2012.IA.052-01 Painter and lithographer June Wayne provides a brief history of her work in Los Angeles up to 1980, July 29 and September 2, 2010 (Duplication masters: 4 DVDs)
2012.IA.052-01 Transcriptions of interviews, 2010 (Use copy: 1 CD)
2011.IA.48-01 Printed ephemera: Screenshot of exhibition description from webpage, 2011

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