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Special Initiative: Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980

Formerly known as On the Record, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 explores and preserves the post-World War II Los Angeles art scene. In October 2008, the Getty Foundation announced 15 grants that will launch a series of concurrent exhibitions at museums throughout Southern California. Pacific Standard Time: Art In LA 1945–1980 is a joint initiative of the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute that also will include an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum.


Pacific Standard Time documents and explores the post-World War II Los Angeles art scene. The initiative began in 2002 with Foundation support for surveys of archival holdings at 22 local museums, universities, and libraries, as well as those of key dealers, critics, and other individuals. Subsequent surveys focused on Latino and African American art in Southern California. Building on the results of the surveys, the Foundation provided archival grants to local institutions to arrange and describe their archival collections and make them accessible to scholars, staff, and the general public.

The Getty Foundation began this next phase of Pacific Standard Time by funding the largest collaborative project undertaken by arts institutions in Southern California. Among the recipients of the $2.8 million in grants are museums throughout the region— including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the California African American Museum—to research and plan a series of exhibitions on key aspects of Southern California art from 1945 to 1980.

What's Next

Pacific Standard Time exhibitions are scheduled to open between September 2011 and June 2012 across Southern California, and will be an unprecedented opportunity for audiences to explore and celebrate the rich artistic legacy of Los Angeles.

Click here for more information on Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980

Museum and Archival Collections

Following a recent strategic planning process and in anticipation of our 25th- year anniversary in 2009, the Getty Foundation has revised its funding priorities and strategies in the area of museum and archival collections.

Our general approach is to shift resources from our ongoing grant categories to more targeted special initiatives focused on a specific issue or region, and carried out in collaboration with the other Getty programs—the Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and Getty Conservation Institute.

We have recently launched a new Special Initiative designed to help museums rethink scholarly collection catalogues in an online environment, and information on this new effort will be available on our redesigned website later this year.

With regard to our support for museum and archival collections, we are currently working to redefine the programs that we will offer in these areas. At this time we are not accepting inquiries in these areas and ask that you check back on our website in early 2009 for news and developments.

Please note that Publication Grants and Critical Reference Resources Grants are no longer being offered. For information on this and other changes in the Foundation's funding priorities, see Message from the Director.

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