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Fortunately, in the world there are many examples of private foundations or associations that every year provide part of their capital on ambitious cultural projects. One of them in the USA is the famous J. Paul Getty Trust.  In addition to being one of the most important cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts, Getty Trust thanks to its different departments, always has supported individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. 

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Strongly connected to the Southern California arts and culture, for this new edition of the Getty Pacific Standard Time, art and scientific research will become one. Set for 2024 the initiative will bring together cultural and scientific institutions across Southern California with an ambitious range of exhibitions and public programs that look at art through the lens of science, and at science through the lens of art. The goal will be to reveal the many connections between the visual arts and science from prehistoric times to the present day and across different cultures worldwide. From alchemy to anatomy, and from botanical art to augmented reality, art and science have shared moments of unity, conflict, and mutual insight. So, from climate change to the future of artificial intelligence, PST: Art x Science x LA will create an opportunity for civic dialogue around urgent problems of our time. An open competition for research grants that engage with all dimensions of the ties between art and science will open for museums this fall, with awards announced next year.

“What we today recognize as art and science sprang from the same origins—a shared desire to explore and explain the universe in all its dazzling diversity,” says Jim Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “The Getty is in a unique position to convene experts in both realms through Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA and encourage museums and scientific institutions to open a far-reaching conversation throughout Southern California about their shared history, the critical challenges we face on our planet today, and the creative solutions they demand.”

 

The J. Paul Getty Museum Courtyard at dusk, 11-08-2000 AD, 120 transparency, Photo Credit Alex Vertikoff. ©2003 J. Paul Getty Trust

 

Getty Center garden designed by Robert Irwin, Photo by Jim Duggan, © 2006 J. Paul Getty Trust

 

To conduct this wide-ranging exploration the Getty once again engaged key planning partners, the Hammer Museum at UCLA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), whose pioneering work on art and technology began in the 1960s continues today with the LACMA Art + Technology Lab. For PST: Art x Science x LA, the Getty will expand the initiative by inviting the participation of world-renowned scientific institutions across Southern California. “Artists and scientists share a common commitment to invention and imagination, and the mutual influence between art and science has an especially rich history in Los Angeles,” says Ann Philbin, director of the Hammer Museum

“There is no Pacific Standard Time without collaboration, and we look forward to our partners developing ambitious, insightful, and challenging exhibitions and programs,” says Joan Weinstein, interim director of the Getty Foundation. “In the spirit of the theme, experimentation will characterize all facets of PST: Art x Science x LA, allowing today’s most innovative artists and scientists to explore the intersections of their work in new ways.”  

Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time is a series of ambitious collaborative initiatives exploring various aspects of Southern California arts and culture. Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 launched in 2011 as an unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the LA art scene. In 2013, a smaller program, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., focused on the built heritage of the Southland. In 2017, Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America, or LA/LA, offered an even more ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art, encompassing more than 70 partners and hundreds of concurrent exhibitions, events, and programs. The latest Pacific Standard Time initiative, Art x Science x LA, launches in 2024. For more information www.getty.edu/foundation

Lead image: Aerial view of the Getty Center, 11-01-1997 AD, photo by John Stephens, 120 transparency, ©2000 J. Paul Getty Trust

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