Scope and Content of Collection
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. recordings
Date (inclusive): 2008-2012
Getty Research Institute
13.65 Linear Feet
(32 boxes and 50 enclosures: printed material, 1 hard drive, 26 video tapes, 276 optical discs, 2.56 TB)
The Getty Research Institute
Institutional Records and Archives
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
The collection principally comprises recordings produced from 2008 through 2012 as part of the Pacific Standard Time: Art
in L.A. project. Project participants, including the Getty itself, 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.
Exhibitions put on by the partner institutions and discussions with the their curators were documented by the Getty Research
Institute, through a contract with Tremolo Productions. 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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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 Modern Art in Los Angeles 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 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 called
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. In addition to exhibitions and events, 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.
A series of public programs were offered as a part of
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 that included lectures, symposia, performance art, theater, concerts, readings, film screenings, oral histories, and public
conversations in which leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics discussed their contributions to Los
Angeles' vibrant postwar art scene.
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 exhibitions were held at the Getty:
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970 (co-sponsored by the GRI and the J. Paul Getty Museum);
Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980 (sponsored by the GRI);
From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column (sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum);
In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980 (sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum).
Detailed restrictions may be found at the appropriate places throughout this inventory.
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: Art in L.A. Recordings, 2008-2012, Getty Research Institue and Getty Foundation. The Getty Research Institute, Finding aid no. IA40011
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 collection principally comprises audio and video recordings produced from 2008 through 2012 as part of the
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. project (PST). 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.
Materials in the first series principally comprise 2008-2012 audiovisual recordings of oral history interviews, public conversations,
symposia, lectures, and recorded exhibition content created/initiated by the Getty as part of its PST initiative. The Gety
Research Institute recorded the majority of these interviews and events to document and preserve the art historical record
of Los Angeles from 1945 to 1980. In these recordings, leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics were
asked to discuss their contributions to Los Angeles' vibrant postwar art scene during these years. A few short audio clips
were also conducted for inclusion in a 2011-2012 exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum,
Crosscurrents in L.A.: Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970. The clips were intended for public visitors to enjoy while they viewed corresponding works in the exhibition.
The materials in the second series principally comprise oral history interviews conducted by PST partner institutions from
2008 through 2012. 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.
Materials in the third series comprise audio and videos produced by Tremolo Productions, which was commissioned by the Getty
Research Institue to visually capture the exhibitions at PST partner institutions across Southern California and conduct interviews
of their curators, institutional leaders, and exhibiting artists.
Records are organized into three series:
Getty produced Pacific Standard Time audio recordings, 2008-2012, 5.15 Linear Feet
Getty Foundation funded Pacific Standard Time oral histories, 2008-2012, 8.5 Linear Feet and 1.52 Terabytes
Audiovisual documentation of Pacific Standard Time partner institution exhibitions, 2008-2012, 1.04 Terabytes
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History
Subjects - Topics
Artists -- Political activity -- Los Angeles -- California -- 20th century
Art and social action -- United States -- 20th century
Feminism in art -- United States -- 20th century
Art -- Political aspects -- United States -- 20th century
Social movements in art -- United States -- 20th century
Artists and community -- California -- 20th century
Community art projects -- Los Angeles (Calif.) -- 20th century
Ceramics -- 20th century -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- California
Ceramics -- California -- 20th century -- History
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Experimental films -- United States
Japanese American artists -- United States -- 20th century
Women artists -- United States -- 20th century
Asian American art -- United States -- 20th century
Art museums -- Exhibitions -- United States
African American artists -- United States -- 20th century
Art, American -- 20th century -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century
Chinese American artists -- United States -- 20th century
Artists -- United States -- Interviews
Video art -- California -- Los Angeles
Performance art -- United States -- 20th century
African American art -- United States -- 20th century
Video art -- United States -- 20th century
Conceptual Art -- United States -- 20th century
Feminism and art -- 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)
California Institute of the Arts
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
Vincent Price Art Museum
USC Fisher Museum of Art
California African-American Museum
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Films by Alexa Oona Schulz (Firm)
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Gallery)
Getty Research Institute
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
Los Angeles (Calif.). Cultural Affairs Department
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center
Armory Center for the Arts
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
American Museum of Ceramic Art
Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles Filmforum
Orange County Museum of Art (Calif.)
18th Street Arts Complex
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.). Museum of Art
Pacific Standard Time (Project)