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Southern California Is Set to Pacific Standard Time

On October 1, the Getty launched Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980. Born ten years ago out of the Getty Foundation and Getty Research Institute's shared interest in recovering and preserving the documentary record of Southern California art after 1945, Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 cultural organizations working together to document and present the artistic developments that characterized Los Angeles in the decades following the Second World War. The seeds of this initiative were planted in 2002 with Foundation grants that supported the identification and preservation of important archives related to contemporary art in the postwar period, followed by subsequent rounds of grant making for the research and implementation of a series of linked exhibitions and related scholarly publications. "The record of decades of artistic innovation was for too long scattered in storerooms and files all over Southern California, difficult to access and in some cases in danger of being lost or destroyed," stated Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. "Through Pacific Standard Time, the region's enormously creative history has been preserved and re-examined, narrative by narrative. Now, for the first time, the full story of the genesis of the Los Angeles art scene is finally available to the public at exhibitions throughout Southern California."

Over 50 shows have now opened, and already they have been recognized by local, national, and international audiences as a fitting tribute to the region's diverse and productive art scene in the postwar era. The initiative will continue through April 2012, including a performance and public art festival held from January 19 to January 29, 2012, that will feature re-stagings of historic performances as well as reinterpretations by younger artists of works of their predecessors.

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Campus Heritage Symposium in November

The Foundation's Campus Heritage initiative (2002–2007) was the focus of a national symposium in early November organized by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). SCUP brought together more than 150 campus architects, planners, facilities managers, and administrators with members of the preservation community to discuss the current state of historic buildings and landscapes on college and university campuses following the Getty's initiative. The grant program was designed to assist colleges and universities in the United States in managing and preserving the integrity of their significant historic buildings and landscapes. The symposium highlighted the accomplishments of this effort and also marked the launch of a web portal on the SCUP website that provides access to more than 80 campus preservation plans funded through the grant initiative.

For more information on the symposium and to explore the web portal, go to

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  Foundation-supported programs in Latin America Anthropología de la Mula/Anthropology of the Mule, Adriana Bustos, 2007, photograph, 146 x 125 cm, ed. 5 + 1AP. Courtesy of the artist and Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo.

A Convergence of Programs in Latin America

October was a busy month in Latin America for the Foundation's Connecting Art Histories initiative. Three separate projects organized by the Universidad Nacional de General San Martín, the Federal University of São Paulo, and the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach took place in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, respectively. These programs brought together dozens of art historians, curators, and conservators—from within the region and beyond—for scholarly seminars and visiting faculty and graduate student appointments. MOLAA project organizers also used web streaming technology to provide live global access to their sessions, which will be archived online for future viewing.


A Decade of Arts Journalism Support

November marked a milestone for the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, which is supported by the Foundation: ten years of bringing arts journalists from across America and around the world to Los Angeles to meet artists and journalists and learn from one another. In celebration of the program's 10th anniversary, organizers developed a "pop-up" journalism lab in collaboration with past program participants. The lab brought 29 alumni to Los Angeles for ten days to develop six projects that question the current state of arts journalism and explore the future of the field. Learn more at
  Anne Helmreich

Staff Update

Anne Helmreich joined the Foundation as senior program officer, working on the Online Scholarly Catalogue and Connecting Art Histories initiatives, among others. Anne came to us from Case Western University in Cleveland, where she was director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and associate professor of art history. Additionally, she is the author of The English Garden and National Identity: The Competing Styles of Garden Design, 1870–1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2002), along with numerous articles and exhibition catalogues. A specialist in late 19th- and early 20th-century British art, she received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1994.


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