Finding Aid for the
Exhibition Oral History Interviews, 2011-2012
Title: Pacific Standard Time: Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 exhibition oral history interviews
Date (inclusive): 2011-2012
Getty Research Institute
(original files: MOV and DOC; use copies: MP4 and PDF/A)
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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.
Language: Collection material is in
Administrative History and Project Background
The Getty Research Institute (GRI) is an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a not-for-profit educational, cultural
and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Originally established in 1983 as the Getty Center for the History
of Art and the Humanities (GCHAH), the objective of the GCHAH was to foster advanced research in art, its history, diversity,
and meaning in culture by engaging scholars from various disciplines in the humanities. In 1996, in order to avoid confusion
with the soon-to-open Getty Center campus in Brentwood, the GCHAH was renamed the Getty Research Institute for the History
of Art and the Humanities and in 2000, the program's name was shortened to the Getty Research Institute (GRI).
The GRI's mission is to further knowledge and advance understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through
advanced research and scholarship, and through its activities and resources, provide a unique environment for research, critical
inquiry, and scholarly exchange. The GRI's Research Library, consisting of over one million books, periodicals, study photographs,
auction catalogs and special collections of rare and unique materials, as well as online resources and databases, serve an
international community of scholars and the interested public. The GRI also provides intellectual leadership through its research
projects, exhibitions, and publication programs and provides service to a wide range of scholars worldwide through residencies,
fellowships, hosted lectures and symposia, and its innovative digital reference tools. Through all of its programs and activities,
the GRI endeavors to provide resources, expertise, and a collaborative environment for art-historical research and publication.
Through the GRI's multidisciplinary programming, first from the department of Contemporary Programs and Research and later,
its successor, the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art (DACA), the GRI worked to advance art history scholarship
of contemporary art, including sound art, audiovisual documentation of personal art, experimental music, and dance as well
as a focus on the birth of video as an artistic medium around the world.
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 project is rooted in a Getty Research Institute DACA initiative called
Modern Art in Los Angeles that began in 2002 with the goal to recover the historical record of art in Southern California. Around 2009, the J. Paul
Getty Trust recognized the potential of the Modern Art in Los Angeles initiative to expand beyond the Getty Research Institute,
and in 2011, created an initiative branded and trademarked as
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.
Fueled by a series of Getty grants, the
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 initiative grew into a regional collaboration between more than 60 cultural institutions, culminating in a series of exhibitions
and events from October 2011 to April 2012 across Southern California. In addition, over 40 publications documenting Los Angeles'
impact on art history during the postwar years were created and dozens of traveling and related exhibitions were held all
over the world, resulting in unprecedented international press attention focused on the history of art in Los Angeles.
To maintain the collaborative spirit and momentum of
Pacific Standard Time, the Getty launched a smaller initiative in 2013,
Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. , a wide-ranging look at the region's modern architectural heritage and the significant contributions of L.A. architects to
national and global developments in architecture. The series of nine Getty-funded exhibitions and related programs took place
April to July 2013 in conjunction with the Getty exhibition
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990, which was co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the GRI and curated by Wim de Wit, Christopher James Alexander, and
Rani Singh of the DACA at the GRI. Rani Singh interviewed prominent architects as part of the exhibition research, and excerpts
from the interviews were featured in the exhibition.
Following its presentation at the Getty,
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 was on view at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. from October 20, 2013 through March 10, 2014.
The records described in accession 2013.IA.39 are available for use by qualified researchers. The original files are restricted
for preservation purposes. Access copies are available online at
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interviews, 2011-2012. The Getty Research Institute (IA40025).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The files in accession 2013.IA.39 were transferred to the Getty Institutional Archives in 2013 via a portable hard drive by
the Getty Research Institute Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art.
Digital files were managed by Alexis Adkins and renamed to conform to local protocol when necessary. She described, arranged,
and transformed copies of the digital files for access, and created the digital objects and the associated MARC and EAD metadata.
The megabytes listed in the extent field of the resource represent the digital volume saved to the Archives Server for this
resource, including the originals (as received by the archives) and use copies that have been created for dissemination.
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the people, programs, and subjects covered
by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980. Edited by Rebecca Peabody, Andrew Perchuk, Glenn Phillips, and Rani Singh. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute and the
J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.
California Video: Artists and Histories. Edited by Glenn Phillips. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008.
Scope and Content of Collection
The records comprise eight unedited oral history interviews conducted in 2011-2012 as part of the Getty Research Institute's
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. The exhibition examined the development of the city of Los Angeles during the postwar years; the interviewees discuss this
and related topics.
The records include raw footage of an interview with Frank Gehry. This interview was conducted for the
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. exhibition and excerpts were also used in the
Files are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the interviewee.
Subjects - Names
Gehry, Frank O.
Martin, David C.
Subjects - Topics
Architects -- California -- Interviews
Urban development -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
Getty Research Institute
Pacific Standard Time (Project)
Getty Research Institute. Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art
Pacific Standard Time: Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 exhibition oral history interviews
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