In the fall of 2011 Los Angeles celebrated the launch of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945—1980, an unprecedented collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California joining together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Yet it was 230 years earlier, in 1781, that the city of Los Angeles itself was born when El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles was founded as part of New Spain. Thus, while Los Angeles often represents the vanguard of contemporary culture in the United States, it is at the same time a Latin American city of long duration.

Nadin Ospina, Chac Mool III, 1999
 
Today, nearly half of the population of Los Angeles has roots in Latin America, contributing to Southern California as a lively center of artistic production and a natural nexus of cultural creativity between North and South. In recent years a number of exhibitions in the Americas and Europe have offered an introduction to the original and varied heritage of Latin America and the Latin American diaspora. Now there is an opportunity for a broader and deeper examination of this art through a renewed collaboration by the Pacific Standard Time partners. In the process, Southern California will play a significant role in the research and presentation of Latin American art.

In spring 2014, the Getty Foundation announced grants to forty arts institutions aross Southern California for research and planning of an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art called Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. This new collaboration takes a fresh look at vital and vibrant traditions in Latino and Latin American art through 46 exhibitions and events from San Diego to Santa Barbara opening in September 2017. While the majority of exhibitions will have an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, there also will be crucial exhibitions about the ancient world and the pre-modern era. The initiative is generating significant research on topics from luxury objects in the pre-Columbian Americas to 20th-century Afro-Brazilia art and "renegade" alternative spaces in Mexico City, in exhibitions that range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries. A second round of grants to 43 organizations to support exhibitions and publications was announced in March 2016. See a full list of supported projects here.

The Getty Foundation is also supporting periodic convenings for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA partners to encourage scholarly dialogue and collaboration. These include a two-day symposium called LA/LA: Place and Practice held at the San Diego Museum of Art and the Getty Center. More information and event registration available at pacificstandardtime.org.

<i>Biscoito arte</i>, Regina Silveira, 1976/1997
Above: Biscoito arte (detail), Regina Silveira, 1976/1997. Photo: Gerson Zanini. Courtesy of the artist. Top image: Echo Park II, III, Carlos Almaraz. Collection of Paul Hastings LLP. Artwork © The Carlos Almaraz Estate 2014