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Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future, 1940-1990

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Photo courtesy The Getty Research Institute © J. Paul Getty Trust
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion by Welton Becket & Associates, ca. 1960.
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Part of this year's Getty initiative, "Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA," this exhibit is a must-visit for any lover of Los Angeles. Learn how the city, though often underappreciated and underestimated, became a hub for cutting-edge, modern design and has left a lasting impact on architecture. The title is a nod to the surprising speed of this phenomenon, as well as an appreciation for the fact that LA recalibrates in the face of challenges rather than "overheat." The Getty explores the city's unique urban landscape by breaking it down; find spotlights on five topics: Car Culture, Urban Networks, Engines of Innovation, Community Magnets and Residential Fabricall displayed through drawings, photographs, models, films, animations and oral histories. Take a closer look at all that LA has to offerfrom its whimsical coffee shops to sleek corporate towers to crowded shopping mallsand you just might gain a renewed appreciation for the city that should come in handy the next time you're stuck in 405 traffic.