Between the years of 1940 and 1990, Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic, and creative capitals in the world. Architecture and urban design were essential to the city's changing profile and reputation for invention and adaptability. The study and conservation of modern architecture from this period, both in Los Angeles and internationally, has been a longstanding interest of the Getty. The Getty Research Institute (GRI) has world-class collections related to postwar architecture in California, and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) has made the research and investigation of modern architectural materials a priority through its Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative. A series of Foundation grants builds on this Getty-wide commitment by supporting projects that will coincide with an exhibition about modern architecture in April 2013 organized by the GRI.
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 19401990 will take place at the Getty Museum, offering a comprehensive analysis of the diverse architectural innovations of Southern California through drawings, photographs, models, full-scale reconstructions of building components, films and oral histories. The Foundation is working with a select number of institutions to present complementary exhibitions and programming focused on post-war Southern California architecture. An initial round of exhibition planning grants was awarded by the Foundation in 2011, and second round of implementation and programming grants will be made in 2012.