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

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Richard Neutra, Kaufmann House, Palm Springs, 1946


California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way is on Auckland Art Gallery from 6 July - 29 September 2013.

California Design - the first major examination of modern California design - demonstrates the impact of California's artists, craftspeople and designers on the products, furnishings and houses of mid-twentieth-century America.

The exhibition features more than 250 objects, including original furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, the world's first Barbie doll and graphics by legendary designer Saul Bass. A number of landmark industrial designs, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, architectural drawings and photography will also be on show.

Auckland Art Gallery Senior Curator Ron Brownson says, 'The exhibition touches every aspect of Californian living, from the clothing and jewellery people wore to the homes they lived in, the furniture they used, and the advertising and art which surrounded them.

'California Design is a must-see for everyone with a fascination for design and an interest in modern living as it explores the most influential period of the 20th century.'

Visitors will be able to further their experience of California's design heyday through an exciting programme of Open Late evenings, architectural tours, film screenings, talks, workshops and more.

California Design was organised by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).


Saturday 6 July - Sunday 29 September 2013
Level 1 exhibition spaces

10am - 5pm daily; last entrance at 4pm

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Image: Richard Neutra, Kaufmann House, Palm Springs 1946, photo by Julius Shulman 1947, Getty Research Institute. © J Paul Getty Trust

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