California Design 1930–1965. Living in a Modern Way


California Design: Mary Ann DeWeese, Woman’s swimsuit, 1961, gift of Mary Ann DeWeese, DeWeese Designs; photo © Museum Associates/LACMA, 2011.

Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane, Australia, until 09 February 2014.
This exhibition introduces Australian audiences to a broad spectrum of industrial, architectural, commercial, fashion, and craft design from California. Organised by the LACMA, presented are over 250 objects, including an iconic aluminium 1936 Airstream Clipper trailer. Pre- and post-war Californian designers introduced numerous innovations to the design process, and exploited the availability of new materials such as moulded and shaped plywood, fibreglass, wire mesh, and synthetic resins — materials and techniques, which, in many cases, grew out of the defence and aerospace industries and defined modern American material culture. Objects by acclaimed designers Charles and Ray Eames, Henry Dreyfuss, Dorothy Wright Liebes and Raymond Loewy all feature, while the household names Levi Strauss and Mattel are profiled through displays of fashion and children’s toys.