Get down to GOMA for the California Design exhibition

November 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

‘California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way’ will introduce Australian audiences to a broad spectrum of industrial, architectural, commercial, fashion and craft design from California.


Organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and curated by Wendy Kaplan (Curator and Department Head), the exhibition presents over 250 objects, encompassing furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, architecture, industrial design, and graphics.

Pre- and postwar Californian designers introduced numerous innovations to the design process, and exploited the availability of new materials such as moulded and shaped plywood, fibreglass, wire mesh and synthetic resins — materials and techniques, which, in many cases, grew out of the defence and aerospace industries and defined modern American material culture. Objects by the acclaimed designers Charles and Ray Eames, Henry Dreyfuss, Dorothy Wright Liebes and Raymond Loewy all feature, while the household names Levi Strauss and Mattel are profiled through displays of fashion and children’s toys.


This exhibition reveals the iconic designs that emerged in mid-20th century California, from the innovative furniture of Charles and Ray Eames to the original Barbie doll and the classic Levi’s 501 Jeans.


The exhibition will be displayed until February 9th, 2014.

Adult tickets: $16.50

Concession tickets: $13.50



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