Pacific Standard Time at the Getty –


This morning we launched a new website dedicated to Los Angeles art from 1945 to 1980. Here you can get acquainted with Pacific Standard Time, the region-wide collaborative project that will tell the story of the L.A. art scene and its impact, and snap up reservations for fall events. The website also features details on the four related exhibitions soon to open at the Getty Center.

The heart of the site is an in-depth browsable archive of the artwork, people, and places central to the stories told by these exhibitions. Meet 63 personalities, explore over 100 artworks—including paintings, assemblages, happenings, and more—and see archival photos of the postwar L.A. art scene as it unfolded. You can also visit historic art-world locations via a Google Map.

The website features oral-history video clips, too—there are already 12 videos with key players in the historic L.A. art scene, including this one with artist Betye Saar, who speaks about the art of transformation and her girlhood discovery of “the freedom to make something out of nothing.”

We’ll be adding 30 more videos, 12 more people profiles, and over 100 more archival photos in late September.

At the Getty Center itself, the countdown to Pacific Standard Time is happening quickly. Already installed in the Museum Entrance Hall is Robert Irwin’s 40,000-pound granite sculpture Black on White; and on September 13, the Getty Conservation Institute opens From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column, featuring a meticulously polished, twelve-foot-tall massive polymer slab.

Also throwing open its doors on September 13 is the Pacific Standard Time Information Room in the West Pavilion, where you can explore a timeline and an interactive map on our multi-touch table—or unplug and read.

Coming over the next month is a free iPhone/Android app featuring an image-and-audio tour of our exhibitions. We’ll update you here and via the initiative-wide Twitter feed, @PSTinLA.