The most humble, unassuming city in America, Los Angeles, is finally getting its due, as we learned by way of Art Info that The Getty Foundation has announced that it will be donating an additional $2.8 million to various city museums and libraries to study and show off local art made in post-World War II. The money will largely be put to use in further connecting outlets for a big, citywide, multi-museum series exhibitions in 2011, all under the banner of “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.” From the main Getty-funded hubs in the mass-project, like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum, they’ll also get collaborations from outlets like the Film Forum and the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA, as well as even branching out as far as Santa Barbara and San Diego, all thanks to Getty’s loose wallet. Here’s a bit:
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
And for a review of previous introspection, don’t miss the LA Times‘ blog, Culture Monster, which offers this look back at the city’s recent past of admiring itself in the mirror.