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Benton receives grant for arts initiative ‘Pacific Standard Time’

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College is pleased to announce that it has received a $120,000 grant to develop its exhibition Fred Eversley for the next edition of the region-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time, scheduled to open in 2024.

The Benton joins 45 cultural, educational, and scientific institutions throughout Southern California that have received support from the Getty Foundation for their projects, all of which will explore the intersections of art and science. 

Pacific Standard Time will include dozens of simultaneous exhibitions and programs focused on the intertwined histories of science and art, past and present, that together address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st century—from climate change and environmental racism to the current pandemic and artificial intelligence—and the creative solutions these problems demand.

At the Benton, the grant from the Getty Foundation will support cross-disciplinary research culminating in the major monographic survey of the work of Fred Eversley (b. 1941), an aerospace engineer who explored the effects of light, shape, and movement in cast resin sculptures. The exhibition Fred Eversley will provide an overdue study of the artist’s singular practice at the intersection of aerospace engineering and postwar abstraction in Los Angeles, offering an in-depth examination of the central role of scientific theories, concepts, and technologies throughout the entire span of Eversley’s practice.

“The PST partners are embracing remarkably diverse and imaginative approaches to the theme of art and science, and we are delighted to welcome the Benton to the collaboration,” said Joan Weinstein, director of the Getty Foundation.

“This will be a PST defined by science and art’s shared commitment to creativity and curiosity, and the Benton’s exhibition will give us new insights into the substantial body of work Fred Eversley has produced from the 1960s to the present.”

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