Architecture and Design, Exhibitions and Installations

Explore “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.” on Newly Launched Website

Highways 5, 10, 60, and 101 Looking West, L.A. River and Downtown Beyond / Michael Light

Highways 5, 10, 60, and 101 Looking West, L.A. River and Downtown Beyond, 2004, Michael Light. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of and © Michael Light and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica

This morning we launched a new website for Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This smaller-scale follow-up to last year’s initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, celebrates Southern California’s lasting impact on modern architecture through exhibitions and programs organized by seventeen area cultural institutions. From iconic modernist homes to our vast freeway networks, the topics covered by eleven exhibitions and dozens of related programs—lectures, films, tours, discussions, performances, and more—promise new insight into the city’s unique history as well as its future.

The new website, pacificstandardtimepresents.org, includes a section for each of the nine exhibition partners and eight programming partners along with their complete schedule of programs and events. The calendar lets you search by date, type of event, partner, or keyword. Whether you want to hear a discussion between LACMA director Michael Govan and architect Peter Zumthor, take a bike tour of Wilshire Boulevard’s modernist icons during CicLAvia, or see the downtown skyscrapers by moonlight with the Los Angeles Conservancy, there will be much to see and do in the next four months.

Futuristic interior of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites by John Portman & Associates

Futuristic interior of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites by John Portman & Associates, 1974–78. Photo: Annie Laskey. © Los Angeles Conservancy

Opening first, on March 29, is SCI-Arc’s exhibition A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979, reexamining architect Thom Mayne’s short-lived but highly influential home gallery. Quickly following on April 9 will be the Getty’s two exhibitions, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 and In Focus: Ed Ruscha.

Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry

Frankenboyz (Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry), 1980, Ave Pildas. Digital image. Image courtesy of the artist. © 1980 Ave Pildas

We’ll be sharing previews and highlights via our monthly Pacific Standard Time Presents Update email, which you can sign up for here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Join us to discover and discuss how the city—our city—was made Modern.

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