The Queensland Art Gallery’s 2013–14 summer exhibition 'California Design 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way' is the first major study of California’s role in shaping international material culture, organised by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
This exhibition reveals the iconic designs that emerged in mid-20th century California, from the innovative furniture of Charles and Ray Eames to the original Barbie doll and the classic symbol of the casual western lifestyle, Levi’s 501 Jeans.
Major innovations in materials and mass produced goods as well as the strong tradition of the Californian ‘designer-craftsman’ are conveyed through more than 250 objects encompassing furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, architecture, industrial design, and graphics.
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Image caption: Buff, Straub & Hensman (1955–61) / Recreation pavilion, Mirman House, Arcadia 1958 / Photo by Julius Shulman, 1959 / Getty Research Institute / © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)