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Ray Eames at play at the couple’s Strathmore apartment, Los Angeles, early 1940s.
Photographer Charles Eames. Eames Family Collection.
A painting by Ray: To Hofmann Love from Buddha, early 1940s.
Photograph by Josh White, © Eames Office
At the exhibit, visitors will be able to play with large-scale versions of the Eames deck of cards, which have 6 slots for easy assembling.
The exhibit includes images of Eames House, the iconic modernist structure that still stands in Pacific Palisades.
Photographer Eames Demetrios, 1994. © Eames Office LLC
How often do you go to a museum exhibit and leave resolute to be more creative? That’s our feeling after seeing “Ray Eames in the Spotlight,” a sprawling show opening today at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. It’s devoted to the better half of modernism’s dynamic duo of design.
The exhibit celebrates Charles and Ray’s greatest hits--the iconic plastic chairs for starters, but what got us amped up was a peek into the mind of Ray. Though everything the pair made is co-credited, much of the brightly colored work, like the vibrant fabrics, was Ray’s vision, stemming from her background as a painter.
And she wasn’t just designing the furniture of the ’40s. Be sure to check out the dirndl skirts on the mannequins; three-time Academy Award-winning costumer Dorothy Jeakins designed them with Ray to hide her hips and get her from studio to dinner date (a pioneering day-into-night fashion statement). And look for the charming paper dolls from her elementary school days. Finally, don’t miss her bright Arts & Architecture magazine covers.
Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena; williamsongallery.net
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