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Descended from an altruistic preservation initiative—which the Getty Foundation launched in 2002, with the aim of recognizing and protecting what was left of the postwar art scene in and around Tinseltown—Pacific Standard Time is a nearly annual happening of exhibitions, performances and walking tours throughout southern California celebrating 20th century art and design.
Following 2011’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, this year’s incarnation, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. (through July), emphasizes urban planning, civic buildings and housing experiments as opposed to the region’s renowned midcentury residential nests. (The next major event will happen in 2017, focusing on Latin American art.)
To experience the current event fully, choose from 11 featured exhibitions at nine different venues in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Pomona. The J. Paul Getty Museum is showing “In Focus: Ed Ruscha” and “Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990” (pictured above), while LACMA takes a look in the mirror with “The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA.” “A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979,” at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, remembers the short-lived architectural think tank held at architect Thom Mayne’s Venice home.
Eight programming partners offer in-sync shows, entertainment and tours. Fans of performance and conceptual art should target the one-off offerings of the Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture (through August 15; machineproject.com), which is held in public spaces or near landmark structures. Or take to the streets on a guided tour with the Curating the City program at the Los Angeles Conservancy (laconservancy.org). Through July; pacificstandardtimepresents.org.