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Matthew Higgs

William Wegman, Basic Shapes in Nature: Square (Variant), 1970, gelatin silver print, 14 × 11". From “It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969–1973, Part 2—Helene Winer at Pomona,” Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA, part of “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980.”

1 “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980” (various venues) My 2011 ended with a weeklong road trip across Southern California, trying to take in as many as possible of the sixty-plus exhibitions in “Pacific Standard Time,” arguably the most ambitious curatorial initiative of the twenty-first century. Highlights, too many to list here, included the second part of “It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969–1973,” a succinct account of Helene Winer’s prescient two-year tenure as director of the Pomona College Museum of Art, and “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945–1975,” an illuminating and often wild survey of both studio and industrial ceramics at Pomona’s American Museum of Ceramic Art. A decade in the making, “Pacific Standard Time,” led and partly underwritten by the Getty Research Institute, is probably unrepeatable—but it’s tempting

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