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

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

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

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