StandardVision x The Getty Research Institute: 12 Sunsets by Ed Ruscha

On View:

#SLVA1 Screen at the Courtyard Marriott

901 W. Olympic Blvd. – Los Angeles, CA

Playing at the top of every hour through December 6th

In partnership with the Getty Research Institute, StandardVision will be showcasing an animated selection from artist and photographer Ed Ruscha’s series of photos documenting 12 years of Sunset Boulevard.

With museums and galleries still closed due to the pandemic, the Getty Research Institute gifted a locked-down Los Angeles with 12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive, an interactive website that allows users to discover thousands of photographs of Sunset Boulevard taken by artist Ed Ruscha between 1965 and 2007. The website allows users to “drive” down Sunset Boulevard in 12 different years, as well as to view, search, and compare the more than 65,000 photographs of this key urban artery.

StandardVision has animated a section of over 130 sequential images from the 1973 collection to create the illusion of “driving” along a segment of Sunset Blvd. This unique perspective of Ruscha’s work and the history of Sunset Blvd. will be displayed on the SVLA1 screen in downtown Los Angeles.

About the intent behind this project, director of the Getty Research Institute Mary Miller shares “Ed Ruscha’s engagement with the Los Angeles cityscape is profound. Since the mid-1960s he has taken more than a half-million photographs of the streets of Los Angeles, which have been at Getty Research Institute since 2012. We aim to activate this rich material and make it widely accessible and appealing to anyone interested in art or the recent history of this great city. The vast majority of these photographs have never been seen before, and making them accessible opens up new avenues for inquiry about one of the most significant artists of the postwar period, as well as a major part of Los Angeles history.”

Catch the animated sequence of Ed Ruscha’s 12 Sunsets on view at the SVLA1 screen through December 6th, and explore more photos from the complete series by visiting the Getty Research Institute’s interactive website.