January 31, 2014

RAY EAMES: A CENTURY OF MODERN DESIGN AT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM


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RAY EAMES: A CENTURY OF MODERN DESIGN AT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM
February 23, 2013 - February 23, 2014







RAY EAMES: A CENTURY OF MODERN DESIGN AT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM
February 23, 2013 - February 23, 2014
Celebrating the centennial of legendary designer Ray Eames, this all-new exhibition is the first to explore the early life and work of the Sacramento native who broke barriers during an era of limited opportunities for women in the arts. Although the work of Eames Office is well-known for innovations in modern architecture, furniture, films, toys, photography, textiles, exhibition design and more, Ray Eames often remains often overlooked or mistaken for the brother of her husband and business partner, Charles, in history.
Co-created in partnership with Eames Office, the exhibit features new information on Ray’s early life in Sacramento and work produced prior to meeting Charles in 1941, as based upon research conducted by Carla Hartman, Education Director of Eames Office, which played a central role in the project's development. In addition, the exhibit also chronicles well-known Eames Office projects produced by Ray and Charles from 1941-1988, providing new insight on Ray's ground-breaking role as the equal partner of Charles.
Including over 100 original works and rarely-seen artifacts from Eames Office and the Eames family's collections, the exhibit provides a new perspective on Ray’s 60-year career in the arts, along with her significance in history as one of the 20th century’s most influential - yet largely unknown – artists, whose influence continues to shape design today.




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ENTRY TO EXHIBIT FROM CALIFORNIA MUSEUM



DESIGN 1941 – 1988 FROM CALIFORNIA MUSEUM


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RARE PAINTINGS BY RAY EAMES FROM THE 1930
FROM CALIFORNIA MUSEUM








LA CHAISE 1948


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PLYWOOD GROUP 1945 – 1946








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CALIFORNIA ARTS & ARCHITECTURE APRIL 1943 BY RAY EAMES




CHAIRS FOR THE HOME OFFICE 1959




THE QUALITY OF EAMES CHAIR 1961



VINTAGE ADS & CATALOGS BY HERMAN MILLER







RAY EAMES 1942



STORAGE UNIT BROCHURE









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LOUNGE CHAIR 1956














PLASTIC ARMCHAIRS 1950


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PANEL OF RAY EAMES’S FINE ART












FROM EXHIBITION AT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM


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100 ORGINAL WORKS FROM PERSONAL COLLECTION






LA REPUBLICA’S R CASA & DESIGN FEATURE 2013






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CHARLES & RAY EAMES OFFICE










CHARLES & RAY EAMES
1907 - 1978 & 1912 - 1988
California Connection:
•Ray Eames was born and raised in Sacramento, CA; both Charles and Ray lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA from 1941
Achievements:
Among the most important American designers of the 20th century, Charles and Ray Eames made groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, toys and the photographic arts.
Artist Bernice “Ray” Kaiser and architect Charles Eames merged their lives and careers in 1941. Using new materials in innovative ways, they produced influential and enduring designs.  During WWII they designed and successfully proposed to the Navy the production of molded plywood splints and stretchers to better serve the wounded.  After the war, they returned to their design of furniture; the resulting molded plywood chair was called “the design of the century” by Time Magazine in their Millennium Issue. In the 1950s, the Eameses continued their work in architecture and modern furniture design, and pioneered innovative technologies, such as the plastic resin and wire mesh chairs designed for Herman Miller.
Their groundbreaking Eames House is a milestone of modern architecture and National Historic Landmark.  Their film Powers of Ten is on the National Film Register — and continues to be used in schools. Their exhibit Mathematica is still considered a model for science exhibits and has been on continuous display for over 50 years. Most of their furniture designs remain in production today.
Selected Awards/Recognition:
• U.S. Postal Service stamps

• Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal   

http://www.californiamuseum.org/inductee/charles-and-ray-eames