Exhibitions

Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980

October 1, 2011–February 5, 2012
Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery

Hard Edge group exhibition

Hard Edge group exhibition with works by Ronald Davis and Judy Chicago at Rolf Nelson Gallery in Los Angeles, May 1964. The Getty Research Institute, Gift of Rolf G. Nelson, 2010.M.38.2

About the Exhibition

Beginning in the 1950s, Southern California saw the emergence of newly diverse audiences for art. While gallerists cultivated collectors, Beat artists Wallace Berman and George Herms distributed handcrafted works among friends. Others, including Chris Burden, exploited the mass media to circulate their work. Art schools became innovative forums for artists such as Judy Chicago and John Baldessari. Social and political movements that championed peace and feminism mobilized artists to take their messages to the streets. Drawn from the Getty Research Institute’s archives of Los Angeles art, this exhibition features photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and artwork—many on view for the first time—that reveal how these artists disseminated their works to a broader public.

This exhibition is organized by the Getty Research Institute.
Learn more about the Getty Research Institute’s role in Pacific Standard Time.

Images

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  • In Mourning and In Rage media performance at Los Angeles City Hall

    In Mourning and In Rage media performance at Los Angeles City Hall, December 13, 1977, Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz-Starus. Gelatin silver prints documenting the event by Susan Mogul. 7 15/16 x 10 3/16 in. The Getty Research Institute, Lawrence Alloway Papers, 2003.M.46. Photo courtesy of Susan Mogul

  • Panels at the Peace Tower

    Four young women looking at panels at the Peace Tower installation in Los Angeles, February 1966. The Getty Research Institute, Charles Brittin papers, 2005.M.11. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Photo by Charles Brittin

  • Hard Edge group exhibition

    Hard Edge group exhibition with works by Ronald Davis and Judy Chicago at Rolf Nelson Gallery in Los Angeles, May 1964. The Getty Research Institute, Gift of Rolf G. Nelson, 2010.M.38.2

  • Poster for "War babies" exhibition

    Poster for the exhibition War Babies at Huysman Gallery in Los Angeles, May 29–June 17, 1961. Poster created by Jerry McMillan and Joe Goode. Photo © Jerry McMillan. Design © Joe Goode. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.1.5. Image courtesy of Jerry McMillan and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica

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Symposium


Artists & Archives: A Pacific Standard Time Symposium
A panel of artists and scholars explores the ways contemporary artists incorporate archives into their work. Invited speakers George Herms, Suzanne Lacy, Mario Garcia Torres, and Sven Spieker discuss how archives can go beyond documentation to inspire and inform artistic practices—at times becoming part of the work itself. Presented in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time exhibition Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980, this symposium is organized by the Getty Research Institute in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011, 1:00–6:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
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Curator’s Gallery Talks


John Tain of the Getty Research Institute leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet in the Research Institute Exhibition Gallery. Free; no reservations required.

Thursdays, October 6, 13, and 27, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays, November 3 and 10, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 1, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays, December 8, 15, and 22, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2012, 2:00 p.m.