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EVENT California Design – Living the Modern Way at LACMA Closing June 3 2012

Posted on: May 27, 2012

Tags: 2012, design, exhibit, LACMA, modern

California Design – Living the Modern Way:

This exhibition is the first major study of California midcentury modern design. With more than 300 objects—furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country.

Retro Roadhusband and I raced through our itinerary while we were in California so we could catch this exhibit before it closed and if you do too, you’ll still have time to catch it!

We got some inspiration for our home:
Living Room

Our Patio:
Our wardrobe:
California Clothing 3And our garage! Right RRH? Please, RRH?! Just an eentsy beentzy vintage car? 😉

Organized into four thematic areas, the exhibition aims to elucidate the 1951 quote from émigré Greta Magnusson Grossman that is incorporated into the exhibition’s title:

California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions…It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way.”


Eames Living Room

Los Angeles County Musuem of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 857-6000

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  • Great photos! I just came over via The Vintage Traveler. I’ve been “sitting” on my set of 200+ photos for a couple of months now and have yet to post them to my blog. I would love to know how you got the shot of the Eames living room! When I went (twice) the docent was shooing away picture takers.

    • Collette- so glad you found me via Lizzie’s wonderful site! I guess I must’ve been lucky that day – I asked the guards at the beginning if I could snap photos, and never heard a peep from anyone after that. I was at an exhibit recently at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC where I had been told prior that I could not take photos, so I was quite miffed when photos from that exhibit started appearing on other blogs!

      Glad you had time to take that many photos! We were in a very narrow window of time so we practically raced through the exhibit. But it was indeed wonderful!

  • wacky tacky

    We got to see this exhibit and it was AWESOME!!! Those lobster swimsuits were the stars of the show!!!

    • So glad you got to see it too! We raced through it between other engagements, but it was really eye opening. And I was partial to the polka dot ensemble myself. Wouldn’t we make a stylish duo on the beach?! 🙂

  • Jerome

    Actually it is not the first major retrospective of mid-century california design. That took place before the Centre Pompidou show on LA art that helped kickstart PST. The show was called “THE BIRTH OF THE COOL” and it was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and traveled to the Addison Gallery in Andover, MA.
    The catalogue was marvelous. Here’s a link to the archived website at OCMA containing a short description of the show.
    There’s a very nice educational pdf the Addison put up in conjunction with the show.

    Liked the show at LACMA very much, andfell in love iwth the work of Lustig. Thanks for the blog piece here. Nice to see such good pix on line.

    • Jerome – thanks for the clarification and additional info! Wish I could’ve seen the other exhibit when I was in Mass. Thanks for swinging by Retro Roadmap!