The Getty Foundation is giving $5.38 million to 45 cultural, educational and scientific institutions throughout Southern California to prepare for the next edition of Pacific Standard Time, a region-wide arts initiative focused on the intertwined histories of art and science scheduled to open in 2024, it was announced Wednesday.
Participating institutions cluster in and around Los Angeles but are spread as far south as San Diego and as far north as Santa Barbara.
Those funded in the research and planning stage include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, California Institute of Technology, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Hammer Museum, California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
“Over the centuries, art and science have come together and come into conflict, learned from one another and built upon shared insights,” said Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation. “We have faith that the remarkably diverse and inventive approaches taken by all the partner institutions will produce revelatory results and productive civic dialogue.”
Thematically linked exhibitions will range from historical surveys of how artists have pictured scientific worldviews — and how scientists have used images as tools of persuasion — to interventions by contemporary artists, scientists and designers in the fight against ecological damage and environmental pollution.
Projects will reflect on revolutionary biomedical technologies that until recently seemed speculative, as well as the uses and abuses of technology and the future of artificial intelligence. Exhibitions will also reveal how sci-fi futurism is being re-imagined by architects, filmmakers and indigenous activists.
“PST comes at a moment when so many museums and visual arts organizations are struggling to stay afloat after being closed for nearly a year,” said Cesar Garcia-Alvarez, director and chief curator at The Mistake Room, a Los Angeles art gallery. “Getty’s research support allows institutions like ours to take on major projects that not only encourage us to think big but also gift us opportunities to build meaningful community partnerships for the future.”
Among the 45 grant recipients are the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library. Their project, titled “No Prior Art,” will focus on LAPL’s patent resources, looking at the process of invention as a common feature of art and science. It will include an exhibition in the Central Library’s Getty Gallery, as well as a series of public programs taking place at neighborhood branch libraries across the city.
“The L.A. Public Library provides all curious and inventive Angelenos with free, hands-on resources like the Octavia Lab makerspace at Central Library, all-ages STEAM programming such as the DTLA Mini Maker Faire, and access to vast research materials relating to patents and other intellectual property,” City Librarian John Szabo said. “We are thrilled to celebrate and extend these offerings through this interdisciplinary project and exhibition, with the visionary support of the Getty Foundation.”
In addition to the illustrations and models associated with patent applications themselves, No Prior Art will examine scientific patents that have advanced the arts, especially those with ties to Los Angeles, as well as contemporary artists who have engaged with the patent system, ultimately exploring the very nature of creativity and innovation.
This is the LFLA and LAPL’s second grant from the Getty Foundation under the Pacific Standard Time initiative. In 2018, they presented “Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A.,” which celebrated the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of the city’s vibrant Oaxacan community with a focus on Zapotec communities that make up one of the largest groups in Mexico and Los Angeles.
Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. A complete list of partner institutions to date and their projects may be found at www.getty.edu/foundation/initiatives/current/pst/grants_awarded.html.