The resource comprises eight unedited videorecordings (with corresponding transcripts) of oral history interviews conducted
with prominent Los Angeles architects from 2011 to 2012 as part of the Getty Research Institute's exhibition
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. The exhibition examined the development of Los Angeles during the postwar
years; the interviewees discuss this and related topics.
The Getty Research Institute (GRI) is a program developed and overseen by the J. Paul Getty Trust. The GRI is dedicated to
furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, active
collecting program, public programs, institutional collaborations, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential
scholars programs. Its Research Library and Special Collections of rare materials and digital resources serve an international
community of scholars and the interested public. The Institute's activities and scholarly resources guide and sustain each
other and together provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange.The
Pacific Standard Time project is rooted in a Getty Research Institute initiative called
Modern Art in Los Angeles that began in 2002 with the goal of recovering the historical record of art in Southern California. Around 2009, as the Getty
recognized the potential of
Modern Art in Los Angeles to expand beyond the Getty Research Institute, the
Pacific Standard Time initiative was formalized. By 2011 the initiative had been branded and trademarked as "Pacific Standard Time:" by the J.
Paul Getty Trust. Funded by a series of Getty grants, it grew into a region-wide collaboration between more than 60 cultural
institutions, culminating in a series of exhibitions and events from October 2011 to April 2012 across Southern California
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.