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California Design 1930-1965 at QAG

California Design 1930-1965 at QAG

| On 10, Nov 2013

The Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) has been taken over by American west coast style, California Design has landed.

‘California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way’, has travelled all the way from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to Brisbane and will be on display until early February next year.

Visitors to this exhibition can expect to see the very first Barbie doll, classic Levi Strauss 501 jeans and two iconic vehicles from the era – a 1964 Studebaker Avanti and a 1936 Airstream ‘Clipper’ trailer.

Image courtesy QAGOMA website

Image courtesy QAGOMA website

Overall ‘California Design’ will feature over 250 objects that helped to shape and define modern style in the 20th century. This includes furniture, textiles, fashion, graphic and industrial design, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, architectural drawings and film!

The exhibition is divided into four thematic sections that explore the ‘shaping,’ ‘making,’ living’ and ‘selling’ of the ideas and objects of California modern design.

QAG and GoMA director, Chris Saines explains, “as well as sharing the Pacific Ocean, Queensland and California boast a common climate and the impulse toward outdoor living which has inspired so many of these designs.”

Image courtesy QAGOMA website

Image courtesy QAGOMA website

So go along to see how California design has shaped the design culture of America and the rest of the world, perhaps you’ll see some semblance to your own home? Or better yet get some inspiration!

Details

What? California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way at QAG

Where? Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane

When? Now – 9 February, 2014

Tickets? http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/current/california_design_19301965_living_in_a_modern_way

Comments

  1. Such a good exhibition! I was certainly inspired. Now to work out how to fit an airstream clipper into my apartment…