Arts organizations across Southern California are getting set for another ground-breaking Pacific Standard Time initiative. The Getty Foundation announced $5 million in grants, given to arts institutions across Southern California for research and planning of an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art called Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.  Scheduled to open in September 2017, the new collaboration will present 46 exhibitions and events from San Diego to Santa Barbara, with additional exhibitions and programs still to be confirmed.

“With its historical roots in Latin America and its diverse population, Los Angeles embraces a global culture. In a way that is possible only in Los Angeles, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA raises complex and provocative issues about present-day relations between north and south and the rapidly changing social and cultural fabric of Southern California,” said Jim Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA aims to take a fresh look at vital and vibrant traditions in Latino and Latin America art. While the majority of exhibitions will have an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, there also will be crucial exhibitions about the ancient world and the pre-modern era. The initiative will generate significant research on topics from luxury objects in the pre-Columbian Americas to 20th-century Afro-Brazilian art and “renegade” alternative spaces in Mexico City, in exhibitions that will range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries. Research grants were selected with the advice of an international advisory committee of scholars.

“We anticipate Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will produce new knowledge and insights about a wide range of Latin American and Latino art. This art deserves to be better known by audiences who will have the opportunity to view the exhibitions in dialogue with one another. The grants announced today will allow participating institutions the time and resources to conduct the research and planning that will provide the crucial underpinning for the exhibitions, publications, and related programs,” said Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation.

Institutions that received research and planning grants include Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA); Hammer Museum;  Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA; The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; Laguna Art Museum; Autry National Center for the American West; MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD); Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA); Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA);  Santa Barbara Museum of Art and many others.  The Getty will offer three exhibitions at the Getty Center. Each institution will present a distinctive exhibition that will focus on some aspect of the broad history of Latino and Latin American art. This will be the first time that Latino and Latin American art may be viewed in relation to one another on a large scale.

Using the collaborative approach that characterized the original Pacific Standard Time, LA/LA will encompass dozens of organizations across Southern California in partnership with colleagues and institutions across Latin America. While the exhibitions and publications will focus on the visual arts, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA programs will ultimately expand to touch on music, performance, literature, and even cuisine. The Getty and planning partners LACMA, MOCA, Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA and Hammer Museum, and programming partners LA Phil and The Music Center are joining to create a multifaceted event—artistic, cultural, scholarly, diplomatic, civic, and festive—that also will leave a lasting legacy of artistic scholarship.

Once the research grants have been completed and exhibition plans are established, the Foundation will initiate exhibition implementation, publication, and program grants.

About Pacific Standard Time

Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 was an unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the LA art scene. Between October 2011 and March 2012, each institution made its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change, told through the multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs on post-World War II art in Los Angeles.

In 2013, a smaller scale program, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., explored the built heritage of our region.

The next iteration of the effort, Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America, or LA/LA, will take place in Fall 2017.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.


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