Take The Los Angeles Magazine Pacific Standard Time Challenge


Making your plans for the weekend? I have an idea: take the Los Angeles Magazine Pacific Standard Time Challenge. 

Nearly a decade. That’s how long the Southern California-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980 has been in the works.

Nine months. That’s how long the show, which kicked off at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University on August 27 and includes about 70 exhibitions stretching from San Diego to Santa Barbara and Santa Monica to Palm Springs, plus other events, will last. Read our piece from the October issue about the show, which documents the city’s emergence in the art world.

Yes, a project of this size and scale deserves special coverage. So special, in fact, that I’ve issued a challenge to the staff: Take in all Pacific Standard Time exhibits by next spring. We’ve got a lot of ground and material to cover, so we’ll be splitting up, setting out, and taking notes. Each time a staffer returns from an exhibition, a review will be posted to our Culture Files blog and added to our handy PST guide, which is organized by region. We’ll also throw in a local recommendation or two for where to eat when you visit.

Think you can meet the Pacific Standard Time Challenge, too?

Use our list of events to track your progress and share your thoughts in the comments section of our blog posts.

And remember, it’s not a race. It’s an opportunity, a chance to learn something about Los Angeles and the broad and important art scene that emerged here. It’s a chance to check out corners of the city that might be new to you, institutions you’ve never heard of, artists that will move and inspire.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn about the history of L.A. art. Don’t miss out.