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California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way

Stahl House designed by Julius Shulman, 1960. Photo: Pierre Koenig

The exhibition “California Design, 1930–1965”, on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until June 3, 2012, is a reflection on the concept of “Living in a Modern Way”.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's exhibition “California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way”, the first major study of California midcentury modern design, examines the role that the state of California played in shaping the material culture of the United States.

The more than 300 furniture, ceramic, metalwork, fashion and textile, and industrial and graphic design objects on display, are organized into four thematic areas.

The curators intention is to illustrate with the exhibition the 1951-statement from the designer 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.”

October 01–March 25

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90048


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