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

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


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

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is proud to present California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way.

Have a look at our special California Design section for everything you need to know about the exhibition.

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 furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, fashions from Levi Strauss & Co. and graphics by Saul Bass. A number of landmark industrial designs, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, architectural drawings and photography will also be on show.

The touring exhibition was organised by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

In addition to the exhibition, a programme of talks, film screenings and popular Open Late events will help visitors forget the winter blues and experience the California way of life.

Open Lates will take place from 6-9pm on Tuesday 23 July, Tuesday 20 August and Tuesday 10 September.

Tuesday 23 July
6pm - Grab some food and drink from our open late menu and then take a look around the exhibition
7pm - Join us for a short talk on one of the objects in California Design by fashion designer for WORLD, Benny Castles 
8pm - Enjoy a live performance by The Circling Sun

Tuesday 20 August
Speaker: Kate Sylvester
Band: Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes

Tuesday 10 September
Speaker: Wallace Chapman
Band: Tyra Hammond

6 July - 29 September 2013
Level 1 exhibition spaces
Exhibition entry charge applies. Tickets are available now from Eventfinda



Charles & Ray Eames
Elephant 1945, moulded plywood
LACMA, © The Eames Foundation. Courtesy Eames Office LLC (eamesoffice.com)

Hendrik Van Keppel
Lounge Chair and Ottoman, designed c. 1939; made c. 1959
Enameled steel, cotton cord (replaced)
© 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA

Mary Ann DeWeese
Woman's swimsuit 1961, Spandex, Lycra
© 2011 The Warnaco Group, Inc. All rights reserved. For Authentic Fitness Corp., Cole of California. Photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA.



Date & Time

Saturday 6 July - Sunday 29 September


Exhibition spaces, Level 1


  • Wheelchair access available
  • Wheelchairs available


Early bird $12, Adult $15, Concession $10, Friends $9, Children 12 and under free, Family $30, Season pass $35.

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Principal partner

  • Mercedes-Benz NZ

Exhibition partner

  • AUT University

Media partner

  • HOME New Zealand

Supporting partners

  • Matisse
  • NZIA
  • Resene

Accommodation provider

  • Pullman Hotels


Gallery visitors receive one hour's free parking at Auckland Transport's Victoria Street car park when visiting on weekends or after 6pm (helpful when we're open for special events after hours) - simply validate your parking ticket at our information desk before you leave.

If you're looking for a park near us, try the Victoria Street or Civic car parks (view or download map). Their hourly rates are reasonable and both are situated within 250m from the Gallery.
A mobility parking bay is located on Kitchener Street and disabled parking is also available at the car parks mentioned above.
Visit the Auckland Transport website for more information.

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