The GRAMMY Museum To Premier First Large-Scale Exhibition Exploring Los Angeles Music History

by laliveinsider on Tue., Dec 13 at 09:00 AM

Trouble In Paradise: Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1975 Slated To Open February 22, 2012

(12/13/11) Los Angeles, CA - On Wednesday, February 22, 2012, The GRAMMY Museum, in conjunction with the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 - 1980, will unveil its latest special exhibit, Trouble In Paradise: Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1975. Located on the Museum's fourth floor, the exhibit explores thirty years of the pop music scene in Los Angeles, and its related culture, politics, and popular art. The GRAMMY Museum has partnered with University of Southern California professor Josh Kun, who is serving as co-curator.

"This is such a crucial, formative period in the history of music in Los Angeles," says Kun. "It's also a period of great social and cultural transformations, from the building of the freeways to multiple civil rights uprisings. We hope to use this exhibit to highlight music's role in shaping the city's post-World War II identity."

The exhibit features iconic images, a cross-section of ephemera (album art, handbills, concert posters, etc.), music, and filmed interviews with key figures in the scene. Rather than an exhaustive overview, Trouble In Paradise focuses on the tensions between alluring myths of Southern California paradise and the realities of social struggle that characterized the years following WWII.

Genres of music highlighted in the exhibit include surf rock, jazz, R&B, Laurel Canyon folk rock, the Sunset Strip rock scene and the East L.A. Chicano sound, all of which helped shape the most diverse and influential music scenes in all of America during this socially tumultuous period of L.A. History. Trouble In Paradise: Music and Los Angeles, 1945-1975 will be on display through June 3, 2012. Additional public and educational programming related to the exhibit will be announced soon.

The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music - the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.

About Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 - 1980
Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months from October 2011 to April 2012 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. By presenting a multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs, each institution is making its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change.

Exploring and celebrating the significance of the crucial years after World War II through the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 70s, Pacific Standard Time encompasses developments from L.A. Pop to post-minimalism; from modernist architecture and design to multi-media installations; from the films of the African-American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist activities of the Woman's Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese-American design to the pioneering work of artists' collectives.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Media Contacts:

Andie Cox
For The GRAMMY Museum
213.763.2133
[email protected]

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