Post-War Los Angeles served as a veritable petri dish for the development of modern art in the United States but we hear little of the West Coast artists who were often overshadowed by the Cedar Tavern New Yorkers. In the category “Best Use of a Historic Archive” I’m nominating Countdown to Pacific Standard Time.
With Getty Research Institute at the helm, this region-wide cultural collaboration pulls out all the stops to tell the story of the L.A. art-scene from 1945-1970’s, through the eyes of makers, architects, curators and scholars.
This week, The Getty launched a robust website with everything you’ll need to take full advantage of the many happenings scheduled for the coming months. You can watch video interviews with personalities such as Dennis Hopper, Betye Saar, Judy Chicago, and Ed Ruscha. Delve into a browsable digital archive of imagery rarely or never scene before. Gallery talks, lectures, performances, and hands-on workshops are all slated to be part of this homage to a great city of art, where artists were making something from nothing, flexing their creative muscle in the desert’s blinding light.