Ed Ruscha is recognized as one of the most important artists of our time. His influence can be seen in graphic design, cinema, architectural theory, and urban history. Ruscha's art depicts everyday objects – gas stations, street signs, billboards, commercial packaging – yet often triggers philosophical reflection about the relationship between words, things, and ideas. The word “standard” is a case in point: it can be a banner or rallying point, an established level of quality, and an oil company’s brand name. In his depictions of Standard stations, Ruscha points to each of these definitions and more. LACMA's collection includes more than 300 works by Ruscha. This exhibition highlights generous donations of the artist's work over the years, and coincides with LACMA’s Fall 2012 Art + Film gala, honoring Ed Ruscha and Stanley Kubrick.