Eames Designs/Eames Words
A Getty Pacific Standard Time Exhibition
October 1, 2011–January 16, 2012
For the first time, the words of Charles and Ray Eames will be the lens of an exhibit, enveloping the visitor in a 21st century typographic “surround”. Their philosophy of design and life will be explored through Eames’ quotes, shown graphically (as well as live on film), and complemented by the display of unexpected everyday objects, ranging from food to a keg of nails, to an interactive digital experience. Their appreciation of humble objects is a special gift to the world – during their lifetimes and continuing today. Generations of designers and the public have been affected by their appreciation of the joys of daily life.
“The onslaught of the county museum show finds a highly focused counterpoint in “Eames Words” at the fledgling Architecture and Design Museum, in a climate-control-free storefront across the street. All but devoid of art, the show succeeds on sheer curatorial imagination. With quotations from the Eameses displayed across walls, a few films and some alluring displays of everyday objects and raw materials, it is like being inside the designers’ heads.”
Roberta Smith, The New York Times
“A+D should be applauded for taking this unusual look at Charles and Ray Eames. While the results of their design collaborations are truly extraordinary (many of their pieces are still in production today), the exhibit provides a rare glimpse into the quiet and personal space in which great design is created.”
Beth Topping, KCRW