The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will honor the legacy of two of the most important designers of the 20th century-Charles and Ray Eames-in a major new exhibition.
The World of Charles and Ray Eames will go beyond the husband and wife duo's most well-known designs in this intimate and inspiring exhibition, surveying the careers of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988). The Eameses, who founded the Eames Office at the beginning of their life together in California, valued knowledge and discovery, embraced the joy of trial and error, and saw no separation between life and work. OMCA will be the final stop for the traveling exhibition and the only West Coast venue to host the exhibition.
Encompassing more than 380 works, the exhibition will offer a fresh perspective on the designers and will include multimedia installations, rare prototypes, photography, furniture, toys, products, films, personal letters, drawings, and artwork, showcasing the breadth of their work across many fields in this interactive exhibition that will bring their ideas and playful spirit to life. OMCA will also be the first to present the newly-restored Glimpses of the U.S.A., shown in an immersive environment where visitors can recline in Eames lounge chairs as they view the groundbreaking multi-screen film with headphones for audio.
Experimentation, iteration, and collaboration were essential to the Eameses' design process. Their designs explored new ideas, driven by their interest in problem-solving to create a better world. California provided the Eameses with an opportunity to innovate and utilize Hollywood connections.
Visitors will have the rare opportunity to see early Eames experiments and landmark commissions, examine a quintessential moment in California design, and learn how the work of Charles and Ray Eames continues to resonate today.
Image: Eames Office staff wearing prototype toy masks, 1950. © 2018 Eames Office LLC.