Whether regaled as "America's Suburb" or ridiculed as the capital of mini-malls and Valley Girls, the San Fernando Valley is one of Los Angeles's most misunderstood and stereotyped areas. Despite a population of more than 1.8 million living in a region that covers about 225 square miles, the Valley's sheer size has not garnered the place much attention, especially when it comes to LA's cultural history. The Valley's artwork has been all but overlooked. Even in the much-heralded Pacific Standard Time initiative sponsored by The Getty, which incorporated exhibitions in more than 60 art organizations in the region, no exploration of art from the San Fernando Valley was featured. Could it be that Valley Standard Time is a zone of its own when it comes to art?
VALLEY VISTA answers this question for the first time. The book and the exhibition it catalogs examines the art history of the Valley, looking beyond all stereotypes.