Pacific Standard Time

An initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California

Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California, each presenting thematically linked exhibitions and programs designed to celebrate the region's vibrant cultural history. Led by the Getty, the Pacific Standard Time initiative includes a broad array of institutions from the area's largest museums to smaller museums and community-based cultural organizations. Each Pacific Standard Time iteration, both large-scale and smaller events, focuses on a critical aspect of Southern California's pivotal role in the history of art and architecture.


Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
See Upcoming Events

Arts organizations across Southern California are getting set for another groundbreaking Pacific Standard Time initiative. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Beginning in September 2017, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will be the must-see event through January 2018.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will present a wide variety of great art, much of it unfamiliar to Southern California audiences. Its series of groundbreaking exhibitions will take a fresh look at major artistic movements and contemporary artistic practices, and will include artists from South and Central American, the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. Topics will range from luxury objects in the ancient world to modern Afro-Brazilian art, from studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries.

Even though the focus will be on the visual arts, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is also going to include music, dance, literature, film, and even cuisine. Like the first Pacific Standard Time, it's going to transform the city and the region.

The Getty is initiating Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA by awarding grants to arts institutions throughout Southern California. Embracing organizations of all sizes and types, Pacific Standard Time's collaborators include LACMA, the Hammer Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA, the LA Phil, and The Music Center and many others.

Los Angeles is the right place for this initiative, with its history rooted in Latin America, the demographics of its current population, and a unique track record of grand-scale cultural collaboration. While we cannot predict the future, we should recall that Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 not only enhanced Southern California's cultural pride and awareness, it generated cultural tourism, and also added $280.5 million in economic output to the region.

Vallard Atlas
Map of Southeastern South America and the Straits of Magellan from the "Vallard Atlas," Dieppe, 1547. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Vallard Atlas
Primavera, 1982, Eduardo Kac. Kac Studio
Press Kit

Past Initiatives

Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.
Celebrated Southern California's lasting impact on modern architecture with exhibitions and programs presented by seventeen area cultural institutions from April through September 2013.
See Archived Website >>>

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980
From October 2011 to April 2012, more than 60 organizations presented exhibitions and programs that told the story of the rise of the L.A. art scene in a landmark regional collaboration.
See Archived Website >>>