Pacific Standard Time began a decade ago as a joint initiative between the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute to recover the historical record of art in Southern California. Over the past several years, it has grown into a region-wide collaboration, culminating in a series of exhibitions across Southern California at more than 60 cultural institutions. Learn more about the unprecedented initiative.
In 2002, the Getty Foundation began a grant initiative called “On the Record: Art in LA 1945–1980”. The first grants supported surveys of holdings in public and private collections, followed by grants to libraries, archives, and museums to preserve and make accessible materials related to this crucial period of Los Angeles art history.
At the same time, the Getty Research Institute acquired the archives of artists, curators, and dealers such as Betty Asher, Jan Baum, Robert Irwin, Charles Brittin, George Herms, Riko Mizuno, Julius Shulman, Hal Glicksman, and Edmund Teske, as well as institutional archives such as the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive; and began conducting oral histories with artists and other art-world figures central to this era.