The first Barbie doll, classic Levi Strauss 501 jeans, innovative furniture by Charles and Ray Eames and the unmistakeable film posters of Saul Bass are among the works featured in this major exhibition of mid-20th century Californian design on display at the Queensland Art Gallery. Originating from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this is a must-see exhibition for classic design enthusiasts, Like California, Queensland shares not only the Pacific Ocean, but the climate and impulse toward outdoor living that inspired so many of the designs in this exhibition.
A 1936 Airstream ‘Clipper’ trailer, a literal house-on-wheels that embodies the freedom of California living, greets visitors at the exhibition entry. Featuring more than 250 defining objects of the 20th century, including furniture, textiles, fashion, graphic and industrial design, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, architectural drawings and film, the exhibition is the first to examine California’s role in shaping the design culture of the United States and in turn the rest of the world.
The exhibition explores how the California of the collective imagination was translated into a material culture that defined an era, through major innovations in materials and mass production, and California’s tradition of the ‘designer-craftsman’. It traces the origins of a distinct modernism in the 1930s, the design breakthroughs made as World War II technologies were adapted for peacetime use, and California’s subsequent emergence as America’s epicentre of innovation in architecture and furnishing. The exhibition will be accompanied by an Up Late program including live music and talks on Friday nights from November 8 to December 13.
Exhibition organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. Also showing at QAG’s sister site, GOMA, during this time is ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’. See both exhibitions with a discounted joint ticket from 23 November to 9 February.
Image: Charles and Ray Eames / Molded Plywood Division, Evans Products Company, 1943--47, Venice / Elephant 1945 / Eames Collection, LLC / © The Eames Foundation / Courtesy: Eames Office LLC
When: 2 November 2013 – 9 February 2014
Where: Queensland Art Gallery, South Bank, Brisbane
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