As part of Gagosian’s Building a Legacy program, Andrew Perchuk, deputy director at the Getty Research Institute, and Rani Singh, director of special projects at Gagosian, will take viewers through the interactive website 12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive. Launched by the Getty in October 2020, the site allows users to browse more than sixty-five thousand photographs of Sunset Boulevard taken by Ed Ruscha between 1965 and 2007. The photographs are drawn from Ruscha’s Streets of Los Angeles Archive at the Getty, which presents a unique view of one of LA’s quintessential streets over the past fifty years. The pair will discuss how the Getty acquired the archive, the digitization and website creation processes, and the importance of this collection in understanding the artist’s oeuvre. To conclude, cultural historian Josh Kun will speak about the musical legacy of Sunset Boulevard and discuss a few of Ruscha’s photographs with an accompanying song to reveal the music behind each location.
Launched in 2018, Gagosian’s Building a Legacy program aims to provide a unique platform of thoughtful discourse and education for artists, estates, and foundations to create a lasting and impactful legacy during an artist’s lifetime and beyond.