Scope and Content of Collection
Pacific Standard Time: Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 exhibition oral history interviews
Date (inclusive): 2011-2012
Getty Research Institute
(original files: MOV and DOC; use copies: MP4 and PDF/A)
The Getty Research Institute
Institutional Records and Archives
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
The resource comprises eight unedited videorecordings (with corresponding transcripts) of oral history interviews conducted
with prominent Los Angeles architects from 2011 to 2012 as part of the Getty Research Institute's exhibition
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. The exhibition examined the development of Los Angeles during the postwar
years; the interviewees discuss this and related topics.
Language: Collection material is in
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The GRI's Contemporary Programs and Research Department facilitated multidisciplinary programming related to architecture
and contemporary arts until July, 2009. At that time, as part of a larger restructuring of the GRI, Contemporary Programs
and Research merged with the Department of Architecture to form the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art. The Department
of Architecture and Contemporary Art and its predecessors are/were responsible for the creation and oversight of the
Modern Art in Los Angeles and
Pacific Standard Time initiatives.
Pacific Standard Time project is rooted in a Getty Research Institute initiative called
Modern Art in Los Angeles that began in 2002 with the goal of recovering the historical record of art in Southern California. Around 2009, as the Getty
recognized the potential of
Modern Art in Los Angeles to expand beyond the Getty Research Institute, the
Pacific Standard Time initiative was formalized. By 2011 the initiative had been branded and trademarked as "Pacific Standard Time:" by the J.
Paul Getty Trust. Funded by a series of Getty grants, it grew into a region-wide collaboration between more than 60 cultural
institutions, culminating in a series of exhibitions and events from October 2011 to April 2012 across Southern California
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.
To maintain the collaborative spirit and momentum of
Pacific Standard Time, in 2013 the Getty launched a smaller initiative,
Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., a wide-ranging look at the region's modern architectural heritage and the significant contributions of L.A. architects to
national and global developments in architecture. The series of nine Getty-funded exhibitions and related programs took place
April-July 2013 in conjunction with the Getty exhibition
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990. Getty Research Institute curators interviewed prominent architects as part of the exhibition research, and excerpts from
the interviews were featured in the exhibition.
Following its presentation at the Getty,
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 was on view at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. from October 20, 2013 through March 10, 2014.
Recordings and transcripts were received electronically by the Archives (electronic documents and recordings were transferred
to a secure server). These original files are restricted for preservation purposes.
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[Cite the item and date], Pacific Standard Time: Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990 exhibition oral history
interviews, 2011-2012. The Getty Research Institute (IA40025).
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The files in accession 2013.IA.39 were transferred to the Getty Institutional Archives in 2013 via a portable hard drive by
the Getty Research Institute Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art. After the file transfer, the hard drive was
returned to the originating office.
Processing Information note
Digital files were managed by Alexis Adkins and renamed to conform to local protocol when necessary. She described, arranged,
and transformed copies of the digital files for access, and created the digital objects and the associated MARC and EAD metadata.
The megabytes listed in the extent field of the resource represent the digital volume saved to the Archives Server for this
resource, including the originals (as received by the archives) and use copies that have been created for dissemination.
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the people, programs, and subjects covered
by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980. Edited by Rebecca Peabody, Andrew Perchuk, Glenn Phillips, and Rani Singh. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute and the
J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.
Scope and Content of Collection
Resource comprises eight unedited oral history interviews conducted in 2011-2012 as part of the Getty Research Institute's
Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. The exhibition examined the development of the city of Los Angeles during the postwar years; the interviewees discuss this
and related topics.
The resource includes the raw footage of an interview with Frank Gehry. This interview was conducted for the
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. exhibition and excerpts were also used in the
Files are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the interviewee.
Subjects - Names
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-
Martin, David C.
Myers, Barton, 1934-
Subjects - Topics
Architecture--California--Los Angeles--20th century
Urban development--California--Los Angeles--20th century
Getty Research Institute. Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art
Pacific Standard Time (Project)