The Getty Celebrates L.A.'s Architectural History

Overdrive, the museum's latest exhibit, showcases Los Angeles' unique and often under-appreciated urban landscape.

Image Courtesy of and © The Luckman Partnership, Inc. | a Salas O'Brien Company This pencil, watercolor and gouache drawing of the LAX Theme Building can be seen at Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990. The exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum celebrates Los Angeles’ diverse architectural heritage.

"Gimme Googie Getty!" she cried, swinging through the exhibit that celebrates coffee shops, freeways, the KFC in Koreatown and more. Only in Los Angeles.

And you'll only find it at L.A.'s J. Paul Getty Museum from April 9 to July 21, 2013, during their new exhibit, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. It's the first major museum exhibition to showcase the unique environment L.A. built for itself.

It's all a part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., which takes a "wide-ranging look at the region's modern architectural heritage, as well as the significant contributions of L.A. architects to national and global developments in architecture." This is the first of 10 exhibitions that will be held in various locations throughout Los Angeles.

Overdrive uses photographs, architectural drawings, models, films, digital displays and contemporary art to celebrate the often under-appreciated features of L.A.'s unique metropolis.

Wim de Wit, head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute and one of the curators of the exhibition, says, "The exhibition will demonstrate that despite its infamous reputation as a chaotic, unplanned accident, Los Angeles has long been a laboratory for cutting-edge innovation and planning in architecture and design."

If you've ever passed by an L.A. building and thought, "Wow, that is so cool! I wonder what the story is behind it?" you'll probably be able to find out all about it in this exhibit, guaranteed to cultivate Angeleno pride.

Admission to the exhibit is free, but parking is $15. For hours and other details, visit http://www.getty.edu/visit/.


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