The Getty's region-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 was a collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions coming together to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene. Much emphasis was being placed on the artistic boom of Southern California after 1945, and Laguna Art Museum's panel discussion "Rethinking the Birth of Art in Southern California" aimed to look at the creative growth in California art stemming from an earlier period of modernism beginning in 1900, thus placing our understanding of postwar artistic production in a greater context.

Art historian Paul Karlstrom and art critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp discuss this historical trajectory with a conversation to follow. Karlstrom and Drohojowska-Philp both recently published books: Peter Selz: Sketches of a Life in Art and Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s respectively.

This panel discussion will took place in conjunction with the museum's exhibition The Postwar Era: From the Collection, 1945-1980. The Southern California art scene exploded with artistic innovation and social change post-World War II. Laguna Art Museum continued to explore the Getty’s region-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 with its own permanent collection, revealing important paintings, sculptures, and often overlooked artists from the crucial post-World War II years through the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 70s.

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