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Stephen Prina at LACMA

Stephen Prina, As He Remembered It, 2011, acrylic enamel on polyurethane on plywood, linen, metal. Installation view, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2013. Photo: Brant Brogan.

LOS ANGELES’S DEVOTION to midcentury modern architecture has reached something of a fever pitch in recent years, perhaps because so much of the city flourished at the midcentury mark. An aesthetic of sliding glass doors, patios, and conversation pits now appears as a point of origin to which we are forever trying to return. Even if the automobile will always remain the city’s flagship status symbol, today a Porsche or Bentley is no match for a place to park it by a Lautner or Neutra hidden in the hills. While the latter icons may be stationary, images of their acute angles and spectacularly framed views travel far and wide in films and photo spreads. Perhaps it is here, then, in the cultural imaginary, that this architecture has enjoyed its most robust life.

Amid this archimania comes the second part of the Getty Foundation’s massive “Pacific Standard Time” program of exhibitions

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