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LACMA, Living in a Modern Way, 2011.10.01 to 2012.03.25

Postby sky » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:45 pm

http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/californiadesign

LACMA wrote: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. Organized into four thematic areas, the exhibition aims to elucidate the 1951 quote from émigré Greta Magnusson Grossman that 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."


But wait, there's more!

I read this in LA Magazine (Page 100), but I had nothing to quote for here, so I searched for and found this:

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2011/09/e ... _lacma.php

Adrian Glick Kudler, Curbed LA wrote:Entire Eames House Living Room Being Moved Into LACMA
Here's LACMA's California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way" exhibition getting installed in the Resnick Pavilion--the show includes this mini version of the Pacific Palisades Eames House (aka Case Study House #8), which will house the real Eames living room. California Design is part of the big Pacific Standard Time project and is "the first major study of California midcentury modern design," according to the museum. A rep for LACMA tells us that the real Eames House is being restored, so its living room will be carefully removed and reinstalled inside this frame to the exact proportions of the original. The room will hold all of the real Eames House objects, including furniture, lighting, floor coverings, and bookshelves and their contents. Husband and wife mid-century modern all-stars Charles and Ray Eames designed the Eames House for themselves; it was built in 1949. The Eames Foundation's website says that while the house's living room is away, the space will be restaged "according to vintage photographs taken during Charles and Ray's earliest years in their home."

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Postby scowsa » Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:27 pm

If you go to LACMA for this, check out the "Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship" at the Architecture and Design Museum, which is opposite LACMA on Wilshire.

I am a volunteer docent there.

http://www.aplusd.org/exhibitions-current
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Postby Futura Girl » Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:52 pm

Sky, are you planning to go? if so, let me know when. it would be cool to meet you at the museum.

of course anyone else who want to tag along is invited, too. IF it's okay with sky.
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Postby Futura Girl » Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:59 pm

about the A&D show across the street...

Eames Words Oct 1 2011 - Jan 16th 2012

Charles and Ray Eames inspired us to appreciate the world by honoring “the uncommon beauty of common things.”

This exhibit uses Eames words to focus on the lesser-known aspects of their lives, revealing their appreciation of the value of humble objects and useful tools. Their insights about the simple pleasures of daily life will be illustrated with objects and materials available during their lifetimes and contemporary examples from the world around us.

From tumbleweed to strawberries, a bolt of cloth to a keg of nails, to elephants in India and the bread of Scandinavia, the whole world was their canvas.

The technologies they used (and often invented) to record their appreciation, were the most advanced of their time.



OPENING RECEPTION October 6th | 6:30 - 9:30pm



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the Eames interactive postcard is very cool.
http://eameswords.com/
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Postby nichols » Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:42 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Charles and Ray Eames' living room makes an interim home at LACMA
The midcentury legends' untouched living room is relocated and reassembled, piece by piece, at LACMA for the exhibition 'California Design, 1930-1965: Living In a Modern Way.'

http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la ... 8637.story

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Postby Futura Girl » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:14 pm

so any kind of group modcom outting nix?
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Postby scowsa » Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:12 pm

Went to see this today (free day for most PST events!) and I found it very enjoyable. Beautifully staged with nice flow and good segments on the different influences on the development of MCM.

While I had seen many of the pieces before there were also quite a few more obscure (to me) pieces that I had not seen, even in print.

Well worth the visit and nice to see this being given such prominence in the Pacific Standard Time initiative.

Also stopped by the Esther McCoy exhibit at the MAK center:Schindler House. Nice to be back in that space again, as I am always in awe of the fact that it was built in 1922. McCoy actually worked there as a "draftsman" for Schindler before becoming a writer. Irving Gill fans will be pleased to hear and read how much she championed his work as part of her writing and commenting.

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=17821&highlight=
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Postby Futura Girl » Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:09 am

thanks scowsa for the reviews.

so any group outting?
i was thinking this would be fun to do with friends.
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Postby scowsa » Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:50 am

Nice review in the NYT, with good photos.

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http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/seeing-things-california-design-1930-1965/?ref=garden

The above staging is from a 1951 Los Angeles Times Home Magazine cover and the LAT did a modern update on this in its current home section.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2011/09/lacma-living-modern-way-1-1.html
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Postby scowsa » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:58 am

Note that the book developed to accompany the exhibition is now available at Amazon at a heavily discounted price.

http://www.amazon.com/California-Design-1930--1965-Living-Modern/dp/0262016079/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320864748&sr=1-1

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Also LACMA has on line shop with various items
http://shop.lacma.org/collections/exh-california-design
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Postby nredom » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:56 am

Maybe the show has been extended--looks like it will run to June 3, 2012...

http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/californiadesign

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Postby sky » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:30 am

scowsa wrote:Nice review in the NYT, with good photos.

Same thing, but with my terrible photos:

http://tinydancer.bigdogwebpages.com/ti ... &music=100

The antithesis of the old joke about the food being bad and such small portions.

Hover over any photo for a full description. If you want to see the museum tags, check off rating box=1, and some other text signs are rating box=2. I've got several other kinds of slide shows if this one isn't right for you - just ask. (Same terrible photos, different format.)

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Postby nichols » Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:58 pm

How could I not post my own review and photos. Enjoy!

LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
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(LACMA Director Michael Govan at the reconstructed Eames House)

http://www.lamag.com/askchrisblog/bloge ... D=10295031

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Postby sky » Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:24 am

Here's a random thought, Chris: you could make a big name for yourself - I don't mean like Nicholoskovorovanovich, I mean like Worldwide Ask Chris, if you became the guy that ends the first sentence of every column, article or blog like the old fortune cookie game, by ending it in the words "in bed." So, here, your column would read:
Worldwide Ask Chris wrote:Charles and Ray Eames made movies, designed toys and textiles, built their own home in Pacific Palisades and oh yes, they created some of the most iconic chairs of the 20th century in bed.

See what I mean? It really punches it up a bit. People will wonder how they did that!

Or not.

In any event, every one have a happy modern holiday ... in bed.

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Postby Futura Girl » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:02 pm

chris - congrats on the great review.

you are so funny sky!

god bless you this holiday (in bed)
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Postby scowsa » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:16 pm

An LA-centric update on the book developed to accompany the exhibition.

http://www.amazon.com/California-Design-1930--1965-Living-Modern/dp/0262016079/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320864748&sr=1-1

The LA County library system now has it in its collection.
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Postby scowsa » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:50 pm

Reving this thread with an update from the LA Times

California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way
Where: LACMA | Total show attendance: 363,589

Also, for those of you who occasionally visit SoCal, a few things to watch out for next year:

"In the meantime, the Getty has adopted the name Pacific Standard Time Presents to use for smaller initiatives. First, in spring, is a set of eight architecture shows funded by the Getty Foundation to accompany its own survey of L.A.'s urban development, "Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990."

The eight other shows (which have received grants exceeding $2.5 million combined) are:

•"Building the California Dream: A. Quincy Jones and His Circle" at the Hammer Museum ($430,000)

•"A Windshield Perspective: The Framing of L.A. Architecture and Urbanism" at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum ($260,000)

•"Technology and the Environment: The Post War House in Southern California" at Cal Poly Pomona's Kellogg University Art Gallery ($300,000)

•"Everything Loose Will Land" at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture ($340,000)

•"A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture From Southern California" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles ($445,000)

•"The Architecture Gallery, Venice, CA, 1979" at the Southern California Institute of Architecture ($260,000)

•"Machines and Gardens: The Architecture of Whitney Smith and Smith and Williams, 1941-1973" at the University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara ($265,000)

•"Reinventing LACMA: Peter Zumthor and the Presence of the Past" at LACMA ($300,000)"
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