Exhibitions

California Design

Buff, Straub & Hensman (1955-1961, later Buff, Hensman and Associates). Recreation pavilion, Mirman House, Arcadia, 1958. Photo by Julius Shulman, 1959. Getty Research Institute

California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way

On view March 29, 2014 to July 6, 2014

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

More than 250 examples of midcentury modern design reveal the distinctive role California had in shaping material culture from 1930-1965. Featuring a diverse array of furniture, textiles, fashion, industrial and graphic design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, film and architecture, this exhibition celebrates the innovation and pervasiveness of midcentury modern design. The work of legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, and Greta Magnusson Grossman are explored, as is the sociological and geographical context which gave rise to this unprecedented design movement. Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this exhibition is the first major study of California midcentury modern design.

Support provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Broadcast Media Partner:

WGBH

Images

California Design

California Design

Raymond Loewy. Studebaker Avanti, 1964. Private collection of Richard Vaux. Photo by Walter Silver/PEM

California Design

California Design

Charles Eames, Ray Eames. Herman Miller Furniture Company. ESU ( Eames storage unit), c. 1949. Gift of Mr. Sid Avery and Mr. James Corcoran. Eames Office LLC and Herman Miller, Inc. Photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA

California Design

California Design

[Left, black] Floor Lamp, Model 900-F, circa 1952; manufactured circa 1952-1954. LACMA Decorative Arts and Design Council Fund. Greta Magnusson Grossman Estate. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
[Right, orange] Greta Magnusson Grossman. Ralph O. Smith Manufacturing Company. Lamp, c. 1949; manufactured c. 1949
-54. LACMA Decorative Arts and Design Council Fund. Greta Magnusson Grossman Estate. Photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA

California Design

California Design

Charles Eames, Ray Eames. Molded Plywood Division, Evans Products Company (Venice, 1943-47). Elephant, 1945. Eams Collection, LLC. © The Eames Foundation. Courtesy Eames Office LLC (eamesoffice.com)

California Design

California Design

Women’s Bathing Suit, late 1950s. United States, California. Gift of Esther Ginsberg and Linda Davis in honor of Jennifer Blake Margit Fellegi Estate; Reproduced with permission of the Warnaco Group, Inc. All rights reserved. For Authentic Fitness Corp. Cole of California. Photo © Musuem Associates/LACMA

California Design

California Design

Margaret De Patta. Designs Contemporary. Pin, c. 1946-57. LACMA Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition and Deaccession Funds. Margaret De Patta Estate, courtesy Martha Bielawski. Photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA

California Design

California Design

Buff, Straub & Hensman (1955-1961, later Buff, Hensman and Associates). Recreation pavilion, Mirman House, Arcadia, 1958. Photo by Julius Shulman, 1959. Getty Research Institute

Related Events

Members-Only Gallery Talk ›
California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9am
Reservations by April 24

Members $20

Gavin Andrews, PEM's assistant director for family, student and teacher programs and interpretive liaison for California Design, leads a tour before the museum opens.

 

Massachusetts Poetry Festival at PEM (cont.) ›
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10am - 5pm

Spend a full day immersed in poetry, starting with a Common Threads community reading and continuing with Cornelius Eady's music and poetry, best-selling author Marge Piercy and an exploration of California Design with poet Susan Rich.

For a full schedule of adult programs and registration information, visit masspoetry.org.

FAMILY PROGRAMS
GALLERY ACTIVITY

Poetry Quest
10 am-5 pm

Pick up materials on Atrium Café tables

Find your inspiration in the exhibition Double Happiness! Fold a book, then fill the pages with your own creativity as you explore.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

A Window on Poetry
10 am-5 pm | Atrium

Add to our collaborative artwork inspired by stained-glass windows with lines from a favorite poem or create a new one.

 

ARTIST DEMONSTRATION

Beautiful Strokes
10:30 am-1 pm | Atrium

Calligrapher Elissa Barr demonstrates the art of writing, from the traditional to the unique. Explore the tools of the trade, find out how nature inspires her work and try a few techniques.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

A Poem in Your Pocket
11 am-1 pm | Atrium

Carry your favorite poems with you wherever you go! Write, illustrate and then shrink your preferred poetry into a sturdy plastic keychain or bookmark. Or choose one from among staff favorites.

 

STUDIO DISCOVERY

Visualizing Verse
1-3 pm | Create Space

Join artist Yetti Frenkel as she shares her process of making mosaics to illustrate poetry. Then make your own colorful artwork.

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Altered Pages
1:30-4:30 pm | Atrium

Poetry is all around us! Discover a new poem from among the words in an altered book and create a visual and verbal masterpiece.

 

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

This is a 3 day event on Friday, May 2, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4

 

Free Wheeling: Bike Night ›
PEM/PM Evening Party
Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6pm - 9pm
Cash bar

Members and Salem residents (with ID) free, nonmembers $10 at the door

See decked-out art bikes, meet folks from the area bike scene, help create an interactive biking map and add a little bling to your own two wheels.

 

 

Sponsor
greater boston mini

 

Print Partner
Scarlet Letter Press & Gallery LLC

 

Further Reading