Inexplicable Los Angeles: Ghosts and Traces, 1940-1990
Join us for a panel discussion with distinguished thinkers and writers about Los Angeles as we ponder the astonishing Southern California Edison archive of 70,000 images devoted to the expansion of electrification in the Los Angeles basin.
This event showcases a new online exhibition about landscape and form in Los Angeles, which is part of The Getty's new initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents, an exploration of the rise of modern architecture in Los Angeles, 1940-1990.
This evening's discussion and slide show features images and narratives drawn from the Edison archive at The Huntington Library. Our panelists include writer D.J. Waldie, USC University Professor Leo Braudy, USC history professors Bill Deverell and Philip Ethington, independent curator Claudia Bohn Spector, and filmmaker Josh Oreck.
The event is free and open to the public.
This panel discussion and presentation of images is presented in conjunction with our online exhibition, Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990.
Form and Landscape is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local cultural institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.
Major support for Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990 has been provided by the Getty Foundation.