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Guide to the Oral History Interviews with Artists, Filmmakers, Curators, Collectors, and Critics, 2008-2012
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Background Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. oral history interviews with artists, filmmakers, curators, collectors, and critics
    Date (inclusive): 2008-2012
    Number: IA40011
    Creator/Collector: Pacific Standard Time (Project)
    Physical Description: 8.5 linear feet (18 boxes and 5 enclosures: printed material, 1 hard drive, 26 video tapes, 276 optical discs. 1.52 TB)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Institutional Records and Archives
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    archives@getty.edu
    Abstract: 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.
    Request Materials: To access physical materials at the Getty, go to the library catalog record  for this collection and click "Request an Item." Click here for general library access policy . See the Administrative Information section of this finding aid for access restrictions specific to the records described below. Please note, some of the records may be stored off site; advanced notice is required for access to these materials.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Background Note

    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.
    The 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.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    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 Interlibrary Loan.  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 http://hdl.handle.net/10020/ia40011 .
    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.

    Publication Rights

    Contact Library Rights and Reproductions  at the Getty Research Institute for copyright information and permission to publish.

    Preferred Citation

    [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

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Processing Note

    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.

    Accruals

    Additions to this collection are expected.

    Related Materials

    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.
    Modern Art in Los Angeles and Pacific Standard Time recordings, 2003-1012   Pacific Standard Time (Project). The Getty Research Institute. IA40018.
    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 http://hdl.handle.net/10020/ia40011 . Printed materials are available on site at the Getty Research Institute.

    Arrangement

    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," 2010;
    Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens: "The House that Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985," 2011;
    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.

    Indexing Terms

    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
    Artists--United States--Interviews
    Asian American art--United States--20th century
    Ceramics--20th century--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--California
    Ceramics--California--20th century--History
    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)
    Electronic documents
    Oral histories (document genres)
    Sound recordings
    Transcripts
    Video recordings

    Contributors

    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 Foundation
    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