California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way is one of the first exhibitions to examine modern Californian design, highlighting artistic innovations of the period and their impact on the products, furnishings and houses of mid-20th Century America.
The exhibition, curated by Wendy Kaplan curator and department head at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), is currently in Tokyo and will open in Auckland July 6, running until September 29.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to enjoy an audience with rare design icons, such as the world's first Barbie doll and an early iteration of the Oscar statuette; furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, Hendrik Van Keppel and Taylor Green, and Dan Johnson; graphics by Saul Bass, as well as textile designs, ceramics, photographs, magazine covers and posters.
Auckland Art Gallery senior curator Ron Brownson says, "This unforgettable exhibition presents the most significant design period in California’s recent history – from the population boom of the 1930s when millions needed new homes and furnishings; to the invention of wartime materials and their peacetime uses in the 1940s; to the indoor/outdoor living of the 1950s and counterculture life in the 1960s – all of which are reflected in California Design."
Kaplan explains that, "this is the first time that key work in so many diverse media has been assembled to present a comprehensive look at California’s most important design era."
There is also a free California Design app available for iPhone, iPod and Android users, featuring original video interviews with California designers, images, essays and more.
Advance tickets will be availble from Eventfinda in early June.