1 October marked the launch of Pacific Standard Time, an unprecedented, six-month-long exploration of the Los Angeles art scene from 1945 to 1980.
Initiated with $10 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time is a
collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions located in and around Los Angeles, as far south as San Diego,
north as Santa Barbara and east as Palm Springs.
The multi-venue project — which studies developments in
modernist architecture, design, crafts,
film and art movements from LA Pop to post-minimalism — is taking place, for
the most part, until April 2012, at many of California’s major museums and at
more than 70 art galleries. There are also several concerts and festivals taking
Highlights of the Pacific Standard Time project include two
exhibitions on Charles and Ray Eames, the architects and furniture designers,
at the A & D Architecture and Design
Museum and the Eames House Foundation;
an exhibition on California design from 1930 to 1965, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; an
exhibition on print-making at the Norton
Simon Museum of Art; and an exhibition on Beatrice Wood, the Dada artist
turned ceramicist, at the Santa
Monica Museum of Art.
Exhibitions at the J
Paul Getty Museum will focus on Los Angeles painting and sculpture from
1950 to 1970, and on photographs made in the city from 1945 to 1980, while the Grammy Museum will explore Los Angeles’
pop music scene from 1945 to 1975. There will also be exhibits on landscape
photography at the California Museum of
Photography; on the Los Angeles work of tabloid photographer Weegee at the Museum of Contemporary Art; and on swimming
pool photography at the Palm
Springs Art Museum.
On 8, 9 and 11 December at the Walt Disney
the Los Angeles Philharmonic will play concerts of film music, by composers
ranging from Bernard Herrmann to John Williams. There will also be eight regional, weekend-long programs,
beginning 21 October in the Santa
Monica area and ending 26 February, 2012 in Santa Barbara.