An initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA



Arts organizations across Southern California are getting set for another groundbreaking Pacific Standard Time initiative. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, which will begin September 15, 2017, and continue through January 31, 2018. Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will present a wide variety of important works of art, many of them new to Southern California audiences. The exhibitions will take a fresh look at major artistic movements and contemporary artistic practices.

The Getty is initiating Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA by awarding grants to arts institutions throughout Southern California. Embracing organizations of all sizes and types, Pacific Standard Time's planning partners already include LACMA, the Hammer Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA, MOCA, the LA Phil, and The Music Center. In exhibitions of consequence, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will go beyond the visual arts to touch on music, performance, literature, ideas, and even cuisine.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will be a multifaceted event—artistic, cultural, scholarly, diplomatic, civic, and festive—that will transform Los Angeles and Southern California for four months, and our understanding of modern and contemporary art forever.

Three exhibitions will be presented at the Getty. They are:

  • Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas
    In contrast with other parts of the world, gold and silver in the ancient Americas were first used not for weaponry, tools, or coinage, but for objects of ritual and ornament, resulting in works of extraordinary creativity. The J. Paul Getty Museum will explore the idea of luxury in the pre-Columbian Americas, particularly the associated meanings of various materials, from 1000 BC to the Europeans' arrival in the 16th century. The exhibition will trace the development of metallurgy from the Andes to its expansion northward into Mexico, but will also include works made of shell, jade, and tapestry—materials that were considered even more valuable than rare metals. Co-organized by the Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas will highlight the most precious works of art from the Americas, and provide new ways of thinking about materials, luxury, and the region's visual arts in a global perspective.
  • A New Narrative: Constructed Photography from Latin America
  • Although several previous exhibitions on contemporary Latin American photography have called out the interest in fabricated imagery, no exhibition has been solely devoted to this practice of arranging compositions for the camera with props, models, and other materials. The J. Paul Getty Museum will explore the production of these images for religious purposes, the souvenir trade, propaganda, memorial portraits, journalistic photo-essays, medical diagnoses, identity politics, performance art, self-portraiture, and for narrative tableaux that recreate the pictorial traditions of painting and sculpture. Possibly focusing on one country, the exhibition is expected to include post-modern photography of the past forty years, with key earlier works included for historical context.
  • Materiality and Postwar Latin American Art
  • In the years after World War II, artists in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela were experimenting formally with geometric abstraction and materially through their use of new industrial products. Experts from the Getty Research Institute, Getty Conservation Institute, and Getty Foundation will collaborate with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros—a world renowned collection of modern Latin American art—to research the materials and techniques used by artists in these industrialized nations during the postwar period. The team's work will culminate in an exhibition at the Getty Center, bringing canonical works by artists such as Lygia Clark, Mathias Goeritz, Tomás Maldonado, and Jesús Rafael Soto to Los Angeles for the first time. By considering the works' social, political, and cultural underpinnings in tandem with the results of technical studies, the project aims to make significant contributions to both the fields of conservation and postwar art history.

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Vallard Atlas
Map of Southeastern South America and the Straits of Magellan from the "Vallard Atlas," Dieppe, 1547. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens


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 grants, it grew into a region-wide collaboration among 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.

To maintain the collaborative spirit and momentum of Pacific Standard Time, 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.

The Getty is now in the initial stages of planning for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Scheduled to open in September 2017, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will offer an in-depth exploration of the artistic connections between Los Angeles and Latin America, the relationships between Latin America and the rest of the world, the history of exchange among Latin American countries, and the Latin American diaspora.

Past Initiatives