Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990

April 9–July 21, 2013
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center

During the period 1940 to 1990, Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic, and creative capitals in the world. This dynamic exhibition provides an engaging view of the region’s diverse urban landscape, including its ambitious freeway network, sleek corporate towers, whimsical coffee shops, popular shopping malls, refined steel-and-glass residences, and eclectic cultural institutions. Drawings, photographs, models, films, animations, oral histories, and ephemera illustrate the complex dimensions of L.A.’s rich and often underappreciated built environment, revealing this metropolis’s global impact as a vibrant laboratory for cutting-edge design. Co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, this exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

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Banner image: LAX, Theme Building; perspective view, 1961. Architects: William Pereira and Charles Luckman. Alan E. Leib Collection. © Luckman Salas O’Brien

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