About the Getty and Pacific Standard Time



Jack Brogan, fabricator, and Rani Singh of the Getty Research Institute inspect De Wain Valentine's Red Concave Circle in Brogan's studio in Inglewood, California, June 17, 2011. © De Wain Valentine

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.

"Event" performance at University of California, Santa Barbara

"Event" performance at University of California, Santa Barbara, 1970, Wolfgang Stoerchle. Gelatin silver print documenting the event, unknown photographer. 9 15/16 x 8 in. The Getty Research Institute, 2009.M.16.1. © J. Paul Getty Trust

From the Archive

Andrew Perchuk of the Getty Research Institute conducting an oral history interview with Karl Benjamin in 2010. © J. Paul Getty Trust