Mid-Century Modern design exhibition- Oakland Museum

Pierre koening case study house
Julius Shulman, photograph of Case Study House #21 (Pierre Koenig, architect)

Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury—opening May 17 at the Oakland Museum of California—looks at the painting, architecture, furniture design, decorative and graphic arts, film, and music that launched mid-century modernism in the United States, and established Los Angeles as a major American cultural center. The exhibition continues through August 17, 2008.

Birth of the Cool is accompanied by a 300-page illustrated book (published with Prestel Publishers, 2007), which provides a thorough reassessment of the era.

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No way! Have you been to the show yet? We should go together.

I haven’t been yet it. It opens on the 17th. Can’t wait to check it out. Yea lets roll. Hit me up on the email and we can figure out a time to go.

Got me some weekend plans! Thanks for the heads up.

I first saw this Julius Schulman photo (house#21) on the Shorpy web site last year. We were able to make up comments to go with it. Great fun. One thing Pierre Koenig’s designs definately remind me of is the art work of Josh Agle, Shag. I read that Josh said he was certainly influenced by the 1960′s new California architecture of cantilevered homes. You can see it in much of his amazing art works. What do you think?? Betty

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