Pacific Standard Time

Getty hands out more than $5m in grants for 2024 Pacific Standard Time festival

The next iteration of the region-wide exhibition series will focus on art and science

Olafur Eliasson with a piece of iceberg from his London Ice Watch installation Photo: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

The Getty Foundation has started to distribute research grants for the third edition of the multi-venue exhibition series Pacific Standard Time in 2024, awarding $5.38m to 45 cultural, educational, and scientific institutions throughout Southern California to start preparing shows on the theme of art and science.

“We couldn't be more pleased at the inventive ways that the institutions engaged with the themes, from multiple projects that explore Indigenous knowledge systems, to projects that bring together artists and scientists to imagine new sustainable futures,” says Joan Weinstein, the director of the Getty Foundation. “This comes at an interesting moment that will allow us to exert the validity of science at a time when it’s been under siege, but at the same time, many of these projects question the neutrality and objectivity of science, and it allows us to hold both of these ideas simultaneously and to do this across time, geography, and culture,” she adds. “It will be a really rich exploration in that way.”

The 45 grantees who will be hosting simultaneous exhibitions range widely from major art institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Broad, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is planning a show dedicated to the artist Olafur Eliasson that will include a new commission on climate change, to those based at universities, like Santa Barbara City College’s Atkinson Gallery and UCLA’s Fowler Museum, which is examining how art carried the knowledge of corn through Mexico and the American Southwest for thousands of years. Small and mid-sized organisations are also represented, including the Autry Museum of the American West and the Museum of Jurassic Technology, which will have an exhibition on the geometry found in Islamic art and design from the Medieval Al-Andalus region.