Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980

Pacific Standard Time was a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011, to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. Each institution made its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change, told through a multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs. Exploring and celebrating the significance of the crucial post-World War II years through the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 70s, Pacific Standard Time encompassed developments from L.A. Pop to post-minimalism; from modernist architecture and design to multi-media installations; from the films of the African American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist activities of the Woman’s Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese American design to the pioneering work of artists’ collectives.

Initiated through $10 million in grants from the Getty, Pacific Standard Time involved cultural institutions of every size and character across Southern California, from Greater Los Angeles to San Diego and Santa Barbara to Palm Springs.

A list of sponsors to the overarching Pacific Standard Time initiative can be viewed at