Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. oral history interviews with artists, filmmakers, curators, collectors, and critics
Date (inclusive): 2008-2012
Pacific Standard Time (Project)
8.5 linear feet
(18 boxes and 5 enclosures: printed material, 1 hard drive, 26 video tapes, 276 optical discs. 1.52 TB)
The Getty Research Institute
Institutional Records and Archives
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
The collection principally comprises oral history interviews conducted from 2008 through 2012 as part of the
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. research project. Project participants conducted an extensive series of oral histories
with many of Los Angeles' key artists, filmmakers, curators, collectors, and critics, focusing on postwar art (1945-1980).
Many of the participating cultural institutions received funding from the Getty Foundation, which collected the resulting
interviews. Material also includes transcripts of interviews; recordings of lectures, symposia, and panel discussions; short
documentary films; and printed brochures and announcements related to the project.
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Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 was a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to tell the story
of the birth of the Los Angeles scene and how it became a major new force in the art world.
Exploring and celebrating the significance of the crucial post-World War II years through the 1960s and 1970s,
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. encompassed developments from L.A. Pop to post-minimalism; from modernist architecture and design to multi-media installations;
from the films of the African American "L.A. Rebellion" to the feminist activities of the Woman's Building; from ceramics
to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese American design to the pioneering work of artists' collectives.
The partner institutions in
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. communicated the findings of their research through a multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs. As part of this
initiative, project organizers conducted an extensive series of oral histories with many of Los Angeles' key artists, filmmakers,
curators, collectors, and critics.
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. research project is rooted in the Getty Research Institute's
Modern Art in Los Angeles initiative, which began in 2002.
Pacific Standard Time is a broad collaborative initiative of the Getty supported by grants from the Getty Foundation.
With the exception of resources that are marked restricted or confidential, the records described in accessions 2011.IA.26;
2011.IA.27; 2011.IA.48; 2011.IA.69; 2012.IA.002; 2012.IA.004; 2012.IA.023; 2012.IA.034; 2012.IA.038; 2012.IA.039; 2012.IA.046;
2012.IA.047; 2012.IA.048; 2012.IA.049; 2012.IA.050; 2012.IA.051; 2012.IA.052; 2012.IA.136; and 2013.IA.18 are available for
use by qualified researchers.
The resources in 2012.IA.003 (18th Street Arts Center) are closed until such time as the J. Paul Getty Trust receives signed
permission from the participants.
Due to an absence of agreements from some participants, some materials are closed or only available on site at the Getty Research
Institute or through
See the inventory below for additional detail; restrictions are noted at the item level. Access to printed material (not
in digital format) that is open to the public is only available on site at the Getty Research Institute. Most of the resources
that is open to researchers is available online at
Most of the recordings and transcripts were received in digital format (electronic documents and recordings that were transferred
to the Archives on optical discs, hard disc drives, or via email). The discs/drives act as archival or duplication masters
and are therefore restricted. When resources are not available online, use copies of discs containing unrestricted content
will be made upon request; this requires advance notice and may delay access.
The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security
or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the
right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.
[Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Pacific Standard Time Oral History Interviews with Artists, Filmmakers, Curators,
Collectors, and Critics, 2008-2012. Getty Foundation. The Getty Research Institute, Finding aid no. IA40011
Materials were collected by the Getty Foundation as part of the grant process and transferred periodically to the Institutional
Archives. The collection includes accessions 2011.IA.26; 2011.IA.27; 2011.IA.48; 2011.IA.69; 2012.IA.002; 2012.IA.003; 2012.IA.004;
2012.IA.023; 2012.IA.034; 2012.IA.038; 2012.IA.039; 2012.IA.046; 2012.IA.047; 2012.IA.048; 2012.IA.049; 2012.IA.050; 2012.IA.051;
2012.IA.052; 2012.IA.136; and 2013.IA.18.
Digital files were ingested and managed by Cyndi Shein and renamed to conform to local repository protocol when necessary.
She described, arranged, and transformed copies of the digital files for access and created the associated MARC and EAD metadata.
Mary K. Woods and Cyndi Shein created the digital objects and the associated DC and METS metadata. Zoe MacLeod labeled and
re-housed the physical objects that were received in 2011.
The megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB), and terabytes (TB) listed in the extent fields of a component represent the digital volume
saved on the Archives Server for that component, including the originals (as received by the archives) and use copies that
have been created for dissemination.
Additions to this collection are expected.
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.
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection principally comprises oral history interviews conducted from 2008 through 2012 as part of
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., a research project that focused on the postwar (1945-1980) art scene in Los Angeles. The project was initiated by the Getty
in collaboration with arts institutions across Southern California. Project organizers conducted an extensive series of oral
histories with many of Los Angeles' key artists, filmmakers, curators, collectors, and critics.
Many of the participating organizations were awarded funds by the Getty Foundation, which received the resulting interviews
as part of the grant requirement. Most of the recordings and transcripts exist solely in digital format and are available
online when rights permit. Material also includes recordings of lectures, symposia, and panel discussions; short documentary
films; and printed ephemera (brochures, press kits, press releases, and other types of announcements) collected by the Getty
Institutional Archives to document the exhibitions and events. With a few exceptions (noted below), digital materials that
are open to researchers are available online at
. Printed materials are available on site at the Getty Research Institute.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by the name of the institution that conducted the interviews and/or hosted the symposia:
18th Street Arts Center, circa 2011;
American Museum of Ceramic Art: "Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975," 2009-2010;
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center: "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980," 2008-2010;
Armory Center for the Arts: "Speaking in Tongues: The Art of Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961-1976," 2009-2010;
California African American Museum: "Places of Validation, Art & Progression," circa 2011;
California Institute of the Arts: "The Experimental Impulse," 2011-2012;
City of Los Angeles: "Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center,"
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens: "The House that Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley,
Japanese American National Museum: "Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles," 2011-2012;
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions: "Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983," 2009-2011;
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: "California Design, 1930-1965: 'Living in a Modern Way,'" 2011;
Los Angeles Filmforum: "Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980," 2009-2010;
Orange County Museum of Art: "State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970," 2011-2012;
Otis College of Art and Design: "Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building," 2009-2012;
Pomona College Museum of Art: "It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles, 1969-1973," 2008-2010;
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery: "Clay's Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos: 1956-1968," 2009-2011;
USC Fisher Museum of Art: "Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community," 2011;
UCLA Film & Archives: "L.A. Rebellion" initiative, 2010-2011;
Vincent Price Museum of Art: " 'Round the Clock: Chinese American Artists Working in Los Angeles," 2010.
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History
Subjects - Topics
African American art--United States--20th century
African American artists--United States--20th century
Art and social action--United States--20th century
Art museums--Exhibitions--United States
Art, American--20th century--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Art, Modern--20th century--United States--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Art--Political aspects--United States--20th century
Artists and community--California--20th century
Artists--California--Los Angeles--20th century
Artists--Political activity--Los Angeles--California--20th century
Asian American art--United States--20th century
Ceramics--20th century--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--California
Chinese American artists--United States--20th century
Community art projects--Los Angeles (Calif.)--20th century
Conceptual art--United States--20th century
Experimental films--United States
Feminism and art--United States--20th century
Feminism in art--United States--20th century
Japanese American artists--United States--20th century
Performance Art--United States--20th century
Social movements in art--United States--20th century
Video art--California--Los Angeles
Video art--United States--20th century
Women artists--United States--20th century
Subjects - Places
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Genres and Forms of Material
Documentaries (motion picture genre)
Oral histories (document genres)
18th Street Arts Complex
American Museum of Ceramic Art
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center
Armory Center for the Arts
California African-American Museum
California Institute of the Arts
Films by Alexa Oona Schulz (Firm)
Getty Research Institute
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.). Cultural Affairs Department
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Gallery)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles Filmforum
Orange County Museum of Art (Calif.)
Otis College of Art and Design
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.). Museum of Art
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
UCLA Film and Television Archive
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Vincent Price Art Museum