The Getty Center
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011
Time: 2:00–7:00 p.m.
Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 1:30 to ensure they are seated.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

Freeway / Celmins
From movies to pop music to surfing, Los Angeles has created many of the world's most iconic cultural symbols. The rest of the world has eagerly lapped up the fruits of L.A.'s labor, helping turn a group of high schoolers from Hawthorne into the Beach Boys, one of the most beloved rock bands of all time, and embracing movies that provide a gritty, yet romanticized glimpse into L.A. life. What social, political, economic, and historical forces made the city and its cultural scene flourish? How did L.A. culture come to stand in for America in music, books, film and art? The J. Paul Getty Museum and Zócalo Public Square present a half-day conference exploring how Los Angeles's unique culture was built and how it spread to the rest of the world.

This event complements Pacific Standard Time at the Getty Center.

Pacific Standard Time at the Getty

How Los Angeles Created the Good Life
Moderated by Thomas Crow, Professor of Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

From beaches to convertibles to pop music, Los Angeles has popularized many of the enduring symbols of the laid-back life of leisure in America. Movies and television shows beamed images of teenagers lying on the sand or joy riding down Pacific Coast Highway. And although surfing originated in Hawaii, it quickly became associated with the laid-back beach culture of the L.A. region. We invite Kirse Granat May, author of Golden State, Golden Youth: The California Image in Popular Culture; University of California at Los Angeles urban and cultural historian Eric Avila; and curator of photographs at the Huntington Library Jennifer Watts to explore the creation of the unique culture that spread from L.A. to the world.

How Life Imitated Art
Moderated by Reed Johnson, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times

For millions of people around the world, movies are Los Angeles—both because Hollywood has become synonymous with films and because the images shown in many of those films are windows onto the city itself. Movies have captured viewers' imaginations with images of Los Angeles's carefree surfers and star-studded events, but also its seedier side of violence and corruption. We invite William Friedkin, director of To Live and Die in L.A. and The Exorcist; film historian Richard Schickel; Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan; and Thom Anderson, writer and director of Los Angeles Plays Itself, to discuss L.A.'s image on film, and how movies have molded global views of the city.

The Past and Future of L.A.'s Global Image
Moderated by Warren Olney, host and executive producer of 89.9 KCRW's Which Way L.A.? and To the Point

That Los Angeles is known and mythologized the world over is a testament of the powerful images generated by its artists. The city is, in the eyes of billions, a dreamy paradise of beautiful people, material wealth, and sunny skies—or a nightmarish wasteland of segregation, gang violence, crime, sprawl, and pollution. We invite four interpreters of Los Angeles who have grappled with the city's international images and realities—Wim Wenders, director of Paris, Texas and The Million Dollar Hotel; John Singleton, director of Boyz n the Hood; essayist Richard Rodriguez; and architect Eric Owen Moss—to explore the cultural milieu of Los Angeles, how it was made, and the secret to its power.

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.