Back to the Future: Design in Pacific Standard Time
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When experimental art was "happening" in post-war Los Angeles, so too was design, craft and architecture. From indoor-outdoor living to radical ceramicists and lifestyle lessons from Barbie, Pacific Standard Time is showcasing it all. Hear about Living in a Modern Way, and much, much, more from Gloria Gerace, Wendy Kaplan, Bobbye Tigerman, Craig Hodgetts, Ming Fung, Deborah Sussman and Andy Wolf.
Banner image: Recreation pavilion, Mirman House, Arcadia, 1958 by Buff, Straub & Hensman (architect). Photo by Julius Shulman, 1959. © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute
A Pacific Standard Time Preview ()
The big self-love fest that is Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980 is about to launch with many exhibits across Southern California. Part of the story of that creative period in postwar Los Angeles is the innovation in design, craft and architecture. Gloria Gerace, managing director of Pacific Standard Time tells how design was linked to the art experimentation of those "happening" years. One of the biggest design exhibitions opens soon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and curators Wendy Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman give a preview of Living In a Modern Way: California Design 1930—1965. Then, architects Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung walk through their exhibition design that includes the Case Study House program, open plan and indoor-outdoor living, Julius Shulman photographs, and the explosion of consumption that followed the deprivations of the Great Depression and World World II.
The cover of the magazine Arts & Architecture, which published the Case Study Houses
Top image: Swimsuits designed by the company Catalina, which were made in L.A.
Listening to the Eames ()
If LACMA’s exhibit is the “granddaddy” of Pacific Standard Time design shows, the young upstart is a show called Eames Words, celebrating Charles and Ray Eames little-known observations about the often humble things that inspired them. It also opens October 1, at the A+D Museum, on the other side of Wilshire Boulevard. The show is a collaborative effort involving around 40 volunteers, led by Deborah Sussman who worked with the Eames for many years, after being plucked from design school in Chicago. She talks about the influence that the Eames had on her own career as well as American culture. Meanwhile at the Hollywood gallery JF Chen, there's a show of over 400 objects designed by the Eames, including some rare and unique pieces. See the DnA calendar for more details.
A wall from the upcoming Eames Words show designed by Sussman/Prejza
A tube radio designed by the Eames at Collecting Eames, the JF Collection
A pavilion designed by the Eames at Collecting Eames, the JF Collection
Top photo: Ray and Charles Eames with ampersand and exclamation point, 1962. © Eames Office, LLC 2011
- Deborah Sussman: Principal, Sussman/Prejza
A New Library for West Hollywood ()
A contemporary blast of California design and architecture is opening to the public on October 1: The new library and city hall for the City of West Hollywood. It’s been years in the planning and is part of the expanding civic park opposite the Pacific Design Center. The library is an expression of West Hollywood’s self-declared role as a creative city. It was designed by the architects Johnson Favro and boasts murals by Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, and Retna and a sculpture by artist/craftsman David Wisemen. Arts advocate Andrew Wolf, onetime president of the Pacific Design Center, heads to West Hollywood for a visit.
The carved wood ceiling by Johnson Favro
A mural on the exterior of the building by Shepard Fairey
Top image: A graffiti mural by Kenny Scharf
- Andrew Wolf: West Hollywood Arts Advocate
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