April 26, 2011

Getty Research Institute Presents Questioning the Standard: New Narratives of Art in Los Angeles

Pacific Standard Time curators explore the myths and realities of postwar art in Los Angeles

At the Getty Research Institute, Getty Center
Friday, May 13, 2011, 9:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES—Curators, scholars, and educators will set the stage for Southern California’s long-awaited Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980, with a one-day workshop at the Getty Center addressing some of the myths and stereotypes that persist about Los Angeles art in the postwar period.

Questioning the Standard: New Narratives of Art in Los Angeles confronts the art historical clichés that have framed Los Angeles as provincial and peripheral. These have assumed that all L.A. art is inspired by its landscape, light and lifestyle and have frequently depicted the city’s art world as a series of separatist communities with little mutual interest. Questioning the Standard examines these myths in order to develop terms more appropriate to the specificities of Southern California art and to encourage a more nuanced understanding based on recent research.

Confirmed panelists include: Claudia Bohn-Spector (Speaking in Tongues: The Art of Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, Amory Center for the Arts); Robin Clark (Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego); Michael Duncan (L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, From Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy, Pasadena Museum of California Art); Rita Gonzalez (Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987, Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Kellie Jones (Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980, Hammer Museum, UCLA); Alexandra Juhasz (Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building, Otis College of Art and Design); Jesse Lerner (MEX/LA: Mexican Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985, Museum of Latin American Art); Wendy Kaplan (California Design, 19301965: "Living in a Modern Way", Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Kimberli Meyer (Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design, MAK Center); Karen Moss (State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, Orange County Museum of Art and Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive); Tere Romo (Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican-American Generation; Mural Remix: Sandra de la Loza, Audrey National Center with UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center); and Jennifer Watts (Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1980, Palm Springs Art Museum).

Presented by the Getty Research Institute, Questioning the Standard: New Narratives of Art in Los Angeles takes place, Friday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m.—5 p.m. at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Admission is free, but reservations are required and seats are limited. For reservations, visit or call (310) 440-7300.

Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7607

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