June 28, 2019

Getty's Next Pacific Standard Time Will Explore the Intersection of Art and Science

LOS ANGELES, CAlIFORNIA—The Getty Foundation has revealed that the next edition of its Pacific Standard Time initiative, which will kick off in 2024, will look at art through the lens of science, and at science through the lens of art. Titled “Art x Science x LA,” the third iteration of the event—a regional collaboration on thematic programming—will focus on topics that range from alchemy and botany to augmented reality and climate change.

“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,” said 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 Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art partnered with the Getty to help develop the concept, which draws on the history of Southern California. The region served as the home of the Mount Wilson Observatory, where Edwin Hubble used the telescope to advance astronomy; the location of fifteen of the biggest aerospace companies in the US during the Cold War; and the site where Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched the spacecraft that captured the first images of another planet’s surface.

As in previous Pacific Standard Time initiatives, individual institutions will develop their own projects that address the overall theme. Participants in the the event will be announced at a later date.

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