Beginning in October, art institutions all across Southern California are coming together for one project entitled Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980. An initiative of the Getty, the region-wide collaborative will span over six months and celebrate all aspects of art produced in Los Angeles after WWII through the turbulent 1960s and 70s.
The participating museums will present more than 125 exhibitions, including Pop, post-minimalism, modernist architecture and design, multi-media installations, films of the African-American L.A. Rebellion, Chicano performance art, Japanese-American design and the work of artists’ collectives. About 50 of these exhibitions will be on view during the opening weekend, October 1-2. Select museums are offering free admission on October 2 (see list here).
A few notable exhibitions include:
- The Radicalization of a ’50s Housewife at University Art Gallery, UC Irvine
- Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970 at J. Paul Getting Museum
- Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 at Hammer Museum, UCLA
- Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change at University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach
- Icons of the Invisible: Oscar Castillo at Fowler Museum at UCLA
- Indoor Ecologies: The Evolution of the Eames House Living Room at LACMA
For a complete list of all exhibitions scheduled over the six-month celebration, go here.
Painting shown above: Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas (1963 ) by Ed Ruscha