Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. is a collaborative celebration of one of Southern California's most lasting contributions to postwar cultural life: modern architecture. Similar to Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 but smaller in scale, this initiative will present a wide-ranging look at the region's modern architectural heritage and the significant contributions of L.A. architects to national and global developments in architecture. The Getty Foundation is supporting a series of nine exhibitions and related programs that will take place April-July 2013 in conjunction with the Getty exhibitions "Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940—1990" and "In Focus: Ed Ruscha." Programming will be concentrated during an "Architecture Month" that will start in mid-May. The Foundation has provided grants to the following institutions:

Modern Architecture, A+D
A+D Architecture and Design Museum
Windshield Perspective

The automobile arguably defines the built environment of postwar Southern California. Windshield Perspective will investigate the role of L.A.'s car culture in shaping the urban landscape through a case study of a dense and lively commuter thoroughfare. Using maps, film footage, photographs, and plans, the exhibition will argue that the point of view created by the windshield is integral to both the formation and experience of the city.

Exhibition research support: $140,000 (2011); exhibition support: $120,000 (2012)

Smith and Williams, Community Facilities Planners Office
Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara
Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams

The Smith and Williams firm decisively shaped the modern vocabulary of architecture in postwar Pasadena and Los Angeles County. Working in the wake of the first generation of avant-garde architects in L.A. and riding the wave of the postwar building boom, partners Whitney R. Smith and Wayne R. Williams developed a pragmatic modernism that, through remarkable site planning and design, integrated landscape and building. This monographic exhibition will draw on the university's outstanding archival collections.

Exhibition research support: $140,000 (2011); exhibition and publication support: $125,000 (2012)

Center for Land Use Interpretation
On-Site Office Trailers: Invisible Architecture of the Urban Environment

Though typically overlooked or ignored, office trailers embody many of the key principles of modernist design, namely modularity and prefabrication. The Center for Land Use Interpretation will present an exhibition and tours devoted to these structures and the quotidian aspects of the building process. The exhibition will take place in an office trailer, and related programming will include visits to office trailers at high-profile construction and engineering sites in Los Angeles, such as the Expo Line Light Rail Station and the Broad on Grand Avenue.

Programming support: $79,000 (2012)

Community Arts Resources
CicLAvia: Modern Architecture on Wilshire Boulevard

While the Modern Architecture in L.A. exhibitions will bring the city into the space of the museum, CicLAvia will bring the story of Los Angeles' postwar architecture back into the streets. CicLAvia—the nation's largest car–free/open streets event—provides a fitting platform for calling attention to the region's built environment. Community Arts Resources, the producer of CicLAvia, will close Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to Fairfax to car traffic and open it to bicyclists, pedestrians, and skateboarders, providing Angelenos and visitors the rare opportunity to slow down and observe the buildings of this characteristically L.A. thoroughfare. Participants will learn about iconic modern buildings and styles, everything from Art Deco to 1950s Googie architecture, through an array of public programs including family–friendly workshops and a downloadable, interactive multimedia guide.

Programming support: $100,000 (2012)

Jones House, Julius Shulman @ J. Paul Getty Trust
Hammer Museum
A. Quincy Jones: Building For Better Living

A. Quincy Jones received acclaim for his residential designs for both wealthy and middle-income clients, and he was among the first architects to give serious consideration to the tract house, an icon of postwar construction. While Jones' impact on the built landscape of Southern California was as strong as that of many of his contemporaries, his work has never been the subject of a monographic exhibition. The Hammer's exhibition will illuminate the architect's sensitivity to scale, material, and his clients' needs.

Exhibition research support: $170,000 (2011); exhibition and publication support: $260,000 (2012)

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990

The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West will present an innovative online exhibition and related public programming focusing on the Huntington's Southern California Edison archive, a little-known but highly significant record of the impact of electricity on regional urban growth that includes stunning historic photographs. Intended by Edison as a documentary record of the corporation's growth, projects, and technological innovations, the photographs also capture the landscape, architecture, and urban fabric of Los Angeles.

Programming support: $100,000 (2012)

Koenig, Case Study House #21 169;Timothy Sakamoto
Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona
Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California

The postwar house is one of Southern California's most significant contributions to modernist architecture. Less recognized is how its new design forms were made possible by innovations in construction technology and lightweight materials. The exhibition will explore the links between new building technologies and pioneering modern design by focusing on homes designed by some of Southern California's most celebrated 20th-century architects. The project will also incorporate a technical examination of the thermal performance of these residences, a timely topic for architectural practice.

Exhibition research support: $140,000 (2011); exhibition support: $160,000

Los Angeles Conservancy
Curating the City: Modern Architecture in L.A., 1940—1990

For Modern Architecture in L.A., the Los Angeles Conservancy will build on its award-winning 2004 project Curating the City: Wilshire Boulevard, and approach Los Angeles' architectural landscape as a county-wide museum, showcasing architectural or historical themes through tours, public programs, and print and web-based resources. Programs will include tours, panel discussions, online activities, a film screening at the architecturally significant 1964 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and youth outreach.

Programming support: $246,000 (2012)

William Pereira, LACMA, photo by Julius Shulman
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA
and Stephen Prina: As He Remembered It

Recognizing that cities are often judged by their museums, LACMA will examine its own building history as a lens through which to understand the past and future of Los Angeles. From its founding as a separate art museum in 1961 to the Renzo Piano-designed Broad Contemporary Art Museum and plans for a new east campus by Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, LACMA's campus embodies critical episodes in modern architecture and urban planning, which will be brought to light in the exhibition. The history of the site's construction will be told through models, drawings, and photographs, many of which will be drawn from the museum's archives.

LACMA's second exhibition will feature an installation of contemporary artist Stephen Prina inspired by the built-in furniture designs of architect R.M. Schindler. Reacting to a memory of seeing a distinctive piece by Schindler removed from its intended context and casually displayed in a La Brea Avenue secondhand shop, Prina created copies of the architect's furniture from two now-demolished houses from the 1940s. Meticulously researched, Prina's recreations will be painted a bright pink and restaged in a grid pattern, raising questions about modern architecture's relationship to site-specificity, particularly in Los Angeles.

Exhibition support: $320,000 (2012)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil)
Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy

The LA Phil is reinterpreting three Mozart operas over three years to celebrate the esteemed collaboration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte, composer and librettist respectively of Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Così Fan Tutte. In the spirit of this collaboration, each opera is featuring stage sets designed by Pritzker-Prize-winning architects Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid, respectively. In conjunction with Modern Architecture in L.A., the LA Phil will host a moderated panel discussion with the architects within Jean Nouvel's set for The Marriage of Figaro, exploring not only Nouvel's project and its relationship to Disney Hall, but also the unique nature of this collaborative, interdisciplinary series.

Programming support: $20,000 (2012)

Machine Project
The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture

The Machine Project Field Guide to L. A. Architecture will be a citywide performance of architecturally site-specific events taking place throughout Summer 2013. The series will serve as a performative and experimental counterpoint to the Pacific Standard Time Presents partner exhibitions, highlighting modern landmarks that are under-appreciated or less well known. Participating artists include Asher Hartman, Johanna Reed, Dave Eng, Emily Mast, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Dawn Kasper, Liz Glynn, Fiona Conner, Cliff Hengst, Kamau Patton, Cayetano Ferrer, Paul Fraser, and Joshua Beckman.

Programming support: $108,000 (2012)

Jef Raskin with Bloxes, courtesy Linda Blum
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
Everything Loose Will Land

The MAK Center's project explores the intersection between architecture and other visual arts in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Reframing architect Frank Lloyd Wright's famous quip—"Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles"—the exhibition will take a closer look at a generation of architects and artists who began to share workspaces, neighborhoods, and institutions and forge new creative ground by adopting each other's practices.

Exhibition research support: $140,000 (2011); exhibition and publication support: $200,000 (2012)

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gehry Partners
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California

The exhibition will consider the formal innovation of Frank Gehry's work, its impact on the next generation of L.A. architects, and its ties to the region's diverse topography and contemporaneous artistic practices. Although monographic exhibitions and publications have been devoted to many of the individuals who will be included, they have never been appraised as a group, with a focus on their relationship to Gehry.

Exhibition research support: $170,000 (2011); exhibition and publication support: $275,000

Pasadena Heritage
Pasadena 1940 Forward: Residential Architecture of the Recent Past

While Pasadena is generally associated with the early 20th-century architecture of the Craftsman bungalow, the city also has a rich, yet little-known legacy of modern architecture. Pasadena Heritage will broaden public understanding of the city's modern architecture through a tour of houses designed by renowned Southern California architects, along with a related lecture and oral history project.

Programming support: $41,000 (2012)

Architecture Gallery architects, © 1980 Ave Pildas.
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979

SCI-Arc will examine the pivotal role played by the temporary gallery held in the home of architect Thom Mayne for several months in 1979. Each week the space showcased the work of an emerging architect or group, including Eugene Kupper, Roland Coate, Frederick Fisher, Frank Dimster, Frank Gehry, Peter de Bretteville, Morphosis (Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi), Studio Works (Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian), and Eric Owen Moss, thus becoming a crucible for contemporary architectural culture in L.A.

Exhibition research support: $135,00 (2011); exhibition support: $125,000 (2012)

UCLA, Architecture and Urban Design Department
Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection

To carry the narrative of Modern Architecture in L.A. forward, the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA will present Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection, a series of five programs that will chart a new dynamic future for architecture. Programs will look beyond the field's traditional boundaries and explore topics arising from unexpected quarters—video games, the film industry, and biomedical engineering. The format and locations of the programs will mirror their innovative content, from a more intimate conversation at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica to a Pecha Kucha at the Howard Hughes Hangar in Playa Vista, located near Google and YouTube headquarters.

Programming support: $165,000 (2012)

An additional grant was awarded to:

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
For the SCI-Arc online archive. $200,000 (2011)