The J. Paul Getty Trust is stepping up its support of projects that tell the story of post-World War II art in Los Angeles.
The Getty Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the trust, has already awarded about $2.7 million to local museums and libraries to catalog archives that document L.A.'s cultural flowering. Today it is expected to announce an additional $2.8 million in grants to 15 Southern California institutions for a batch of 2011 exhibitions exploring the development of the local art scene, sources close to the Getty say.
As reported Sunday in The Times' Calendar section, in 2011 the Getty Museum will present a survey of Southern California painting and sculpture from the late 1940s to the early 1970s in coordination with Getty-funded shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum. Today's announcement, the sources say, will add a dozen institutions to that list.
Art organizations from Santa Barbara to San Diego will collaborate in the project under the umbrella of a 6-year-old Getty initiative, "Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980," formerly called "On the Record: Art in L.A. 1945-1980." Participants will include the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA, the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Los Angeles Filmforum and Otis College of Art and Design.