After dozens of meetings and a few orphaned ideas, the Getty has settled on a theme for a 2017 sequel to the 2011-12 museum exhibition extravaganza known as Pacific Standard Time. It will be "Los Angeles and Latin America," or "L.A./L.A." for short.
"The fact that nearly half of the population of Los Angeles has roots in Latin America is so profound that it warrants a major exhibition and research project with accompanying publications," said Getty Trust head James Cuno. "These are complicated roots, over many generations, and relationships between the U.S. and those antecedent countries have changed considerably over time, so we want to be respectful of those complexities."
Arguably, the many-headed collaboration of Pacific Standard Time has enough complexity built into its structure to take on a complex subject. Last time around, about 60 arts institutions in Southern California participated, receiving some $11 million in grants from the Getty to research and develop exhibitions on post-war art in Los Angeles, 1945 to 1980. (A smaller spinoff featuring less than a dozen shows on modern architecture, called "PST Presents," is taking place this year.)
For the sequel, the Getty is imposing no date restrictions: "We're looking at everything from the earliest manifestations of culture such as pre-Columbian artifacts to the present, whatever makes sense and makes for a strong exhibition," said Cuno.