Andrew Perchuk talks about the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Initiative

The exhibition Venice in Venice – a collateral event to the 54th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2011 – gives a taste of a unique project that takes place in Southern California from October 2011. The project will bring together more than sixty cultural institutions throughout Southern California and is titled “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980”. It aims to tell the story of the rise of the Los Angeles art scene and its impact on the art world. It’s the largest ever collaboration undertaken by cultural institutions in the region. It was initiated by the Getty Foundation through grants totaling nearly USD 10 million. Pacific Standard Time involves institutions of every size and character and covers artistic developments such as L.A. Pop Art, post-minimalism, and modernist architecture and design.

In developing this initiative, the Getty Foundation has worked from the beginning in partnership with the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The Pacific Standard Time research project has been active since 2002, with plans to continue through 2013. Ultimately, the research team will produce a major exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, two books, journal articles, digitized primary sources, film screenings, a performance art festival, and a major international symposium.

In this conversation with Sabine Trieloff, Andrew Perchuk (Deputy Director, The Getty Research Institute) talks about how the initiative began as an archival project, which artists will be shown, and the scope of the project.

Interview with Andrew Perchuk, the Getty Research Institute’s Deputy Director at the opening of Venice in Venice. Glow & Reflection – Venice California Art From 1960 to the Present. Venice / Italy, June 1, 2011.

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