Art x Science x LA is the third regional collaboration in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time series. Opening in 2024, Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA will present an ambitious range of exhibitions and public programs that explore the intersections between the visual arts and science, from prehistoric times to the present and across different cultures worldwide. From alchemy to anatomy, and from botanical art to augmented reality, art and science have shared moments of unity, conflict, and mutual insight. The next PST theme connects these moments in the past with the most pressing issues of today. From climate change to the future of artificial intelligence, PST: Art x Science x LA will create an opportunity for civic dialogue around urgent problems of our time.

Southern California is a fitting location for the new PST theme, since the region's history includes key developments in science and technology in the modern era. Edwin Hubble used the telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory to advance astronomy, Cold War-era aviation and aeronautics anchored the Southern California economy, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched the spacecraft that delivered the first images of another planet's surface. PST: Art x Science x LA will engage with this history by including in the initiative world-renowned scientific institutions from across the region.

As in earlier Pacific Standard Time initiatives, the Foundation will support participation in PST: Art x Science x LA through an open grant competition. Funding will begin with research grants that engage with all dimensions of the ties between art and science. The application process will open for museums this fall, with letters of inquiry due by November 22, 2019. The Getty will also hold a convening on the newest PST topic at the Getty Center during the summer of 2019 to help potential applicants think through the theme with various experts engaged in research on art and science.

For more information, please email pacificstandardtime@getty.edu.


Left: Códice De la Cruz-Badiano, 1553, page 38 (detail). This illustrated Aztec herbal manuscript is considered the oldest medical text written in the Americas. Collection INAH, Mexico. Image licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC 4.0). Center: Engraving and aquatint of color wheel (detail) composed by René Henri Digeon, engraver, and Lamoureux, printer. In Michel Eugène Chevreul's Des couleurs et de leurs applications aux arts industriels à l'aide des cercles chromatiques (Paris, 1864). The Getty Research Institute, 90-B8575. Right: Design for the Water Clock of the Peacocks (detail). In Badi' al-Zaman ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari's Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, 1315. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, www.metmuseum.org