Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty with arts organizations throughout Southern California. These collaborative programs focus the cultural community on a variety of topics and themes connected to the region.
Coming in 2024, Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA will explore the many connections between the visual arts and science, from prehistoric times to the present day and across different cultures worldwide.
The first Pacific Standard Time initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, took place in 2011–12 and was an unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the LA art scene.
In 2013, a smaller-scale program, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., examined the built heritage of our region. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, followed in 2017–2018.
Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA
Coming in 2024
Left: Códice de la Cruz-Badiano, 1553, page 38 (detail). 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, 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, Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, 1315. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, www.metmuseum.org
Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA will be the third in the Getty’s influential Pacific Standard Time series of regional collaborations. It will present an ambitious range of exhibitions and public programs that look at art through the lens of science, and at science through the lens of art.
As in previous Pacific Standard Time initiatives, individual institutions will develop their own projects to explore the overall theme. This time, the Getty will expand the initiative by inviting the participation of world-renowned scientific institutions across Southern California.
The initiative will reveal the many connections between the visual arts and science from prehistoric times to the present day and across different cultures worldwide. From alchemy to anatomy, and from climate change to artificial intelligence, PST: Art x Science x LA will create an opportunity for civic dialogue around urgent problems of our time.
An open competition for research grants that engage with all dimensions of the ties between art and science will open for museums in the fall of 2019, with awards announced in 2020.
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
September 2017–January 2018
Serpent Labret with Articulated Tongue (detail), 1300–1521, Aztec culture, gold. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchase, 2015 Benefit Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2016 (2016.64). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA was a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA took place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. As part of this initiative, the Getty presented four exhibitions: Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas, The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930, Photography in Argentina, 1850–2010, and Marking Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.
Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power Building at Night, 1965. Building by A.C. Martin. Gelatin silver print by Julius Shulman. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)
To maintain the collaborative spirit and momentum initiated by the first Pacific Standard Time initiative, in 2013 the Getty launched a smaller initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., 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 series of nine Getty-funded exhibitions and related programs took place April–July 2013 in conjunction with the Getty exhibitions Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 and In Focus: Ed Ruscha.
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980
October 2011–April 2012
Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas, 1963, Ed Ruscha. Oil on canvas. 64 1/2 x 121 3/4 in. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; gift of James Meeker, Class of 1958, in memory of Lee English, Class of 1958, scholar, poet, athlete and friend to all. © Ed Ruscha
Pacific Standard Time began in 2002 as a Getty initiative to recover the historical record of art in Southern California. Fueled by a series of Getty Foundation grants, it grew into a region-wide collaboration between more than 60 cultural institutions, culminating in a series of exhibitions and events from October 2011 to April 2012 across Southern California called Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980. The initiative resulted in more than 40 publications documenting Los Angeles’ impact on art history during the postwar years, dozens of traveling and related exhibitions all over the world, and unprecedented international press attention focused on Los Angeles’ art scene.
The Getty presented four exhibitions as part of the larger Pacific Standard Time initiative: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture 1950–1970, Greetings from L.A. Artists and Publics 1950–1970, From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column, and In Focus: Los Angeles 1945–1980. In addition, the Getty edited and published the award-winning volume of essays Pacific Standard Time Los Angeles Art 1945–1980 and hosted dozens of related performances and events.