Overview


Buster / Bengston
EnlargeBuster, Billy Al Bengston, 1962. Courtesy of the artist

Instant Mural / ASCO
EnlargeInstant Mural, ASCO, 1974. © 1974 Harry Gamboa Jr.
Pacific Standard Time is the culmination of a long-term Getty Research Institute initiative that focuses on postwar art in Los Angeles. Through archival acquisitions, oral history interviews, public programming, exhibitions, and publications, the Research Institute is responding to the need to locate, collect, document, and preserve the art historical record of this vibrant period. Between October 2011 and February 2012, a major exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum will present a survey of postwar painting and sculpture in Los Angeles, accompanied by a book that is at once an exhibition catalog and an overview of postwar art history in Southern California.

As part of this initiative, project organizers are conducting an extensive series of oral histories with many of Los Angeles's key artists, filmmakers, curators, collectors, and critics. A concurrent exhibition at the Research Institute will present rich archival material from this historic period. At the same time, over 30 additional venues citywide will present exhibitions that cover practices as diverse as ceramic sculpture, postwar design, African American art, the Light and Space movement, and the history of the Los Angeles Woman's Building, among others. In collaboration with many of these institutions, the Getty will organize a series of public programs that will include lectures, symposia, performance art, theater, concerts, readings, and film screenings.

Collections


Columbus Day / Ulysses Jenkins
 
Pacific Standard Time has sharpened the focus of the Research Institute's Los Angeles collections. Curators have located and acquired rare and important archives from many individuals and institutions that play a significant role in the history of postwar art in Los Angeles. Among those that will prove invaluable to scholars of the period are the Betty Asher archive; the Jan Baum Gallery records; the Charles Brittin archive; E.A.T.'s (Experiments in Art and Technology) Los Angeles records; the Sam Francis papers; the Hal Glicksman papers; the George Herms archive; the archive of High Performance Magazine; the Henry Hopkins papers; the Robert Irwin papers; the Allan Kaprow papers; the Long Beach Museum of Art video archive; the Julius Shulman photography archive; and the Edmund Teske papers. The historical record that these archives represent is augmented by the oral history project, which generates crucial first-person accounts that become part of the Research Institute's Special Collections.

Outcomes


Wallace Berman / Charles Brittin
 
The Pacific Standard Time research project has been active since 2002, with plans to continue through 2013. Ultimately, the research team will produce a major exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, two books, journal articles, digitized primary sources, film screenings, a performance art festival, and a major international symposium.