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Exhibition Detail
California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"
5905 Wilshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

October 1st, 2011 - June 3rd, 2012
October 1st, 2011 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Pierre Koenig, architect, Stahl House (Case Study House #22), Los Angeles, Julius ShulmanJulius Shulman,
Pierre Koenig, architect, Stahl House (Case Study House #22), Los Angeles,
1960, printed later , Gelatin-silver print
© LACMA, Gift in honor of Robert Sobieszek, M.2005.191
Mon-Tue,Thu 12-8; Fri 12-9; Sat-Sun 11-8
design, textiles, fashion, metalwork, ceramics, furniture

Resnick Pavilion

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 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."

Member Preview Days

Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.

The exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and funded through a lead grant from  
Corporate sponsorship was provided by 
Additional funding was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, Debbie and Mark Attanasio, Martha and Bruce Karsh, and LACMA's Decorative Arts and Design Council.

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