Yesterday Today and Tomorrow at The Eames House Posted November 4, 2011 by Daniel Ostroff

This year the Eames House living room is temporarily moving to LACMA for its exhibition California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”. During this time the Eames Foundation will perform work on the 60+ year old house and will restage the living room according to vintage photographs taken during Charles and Ray’s earliest years in their home. Help us preserve the Eames House. Join us at the following events and experience the Eames House as it was during its first few years post-construction. All proceeds will directly benefit work under the Eames Foundation’s 250-year preservation plan.

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Eames Foundation Events

Upcoming Events: This year the Eames House living room is temporarily moving to LACMA for its exhibition California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”.  During this time the Eames Foundation will perform work on the 60+ year old house and will restage the living room according to vintage photographs taken during Charles and Ray’s earliest years in their home. Help us preserve the Eames House.  Join us at the following events and experience the Eames House as it was during its first few years post-construction.  All proceeds will directly benefit work under the Eames Foundation’s 250-year preservation plan.

  • Visit Indoor Ecologies: the Evolution of the Eames House Living Room at the Eames House from October 15, 2011 through April 30, 2012.  We are delighted to be an Exhibition Partner with Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.  As with all visits to the House, appointments are required.
The journey of creating the Eames House—and the finished product—resonates with many of the themes of the Eameses’ other work: the guest/host relationship, the honest use of materials, universalizing from the specific, and, above all, the learn-by-doing process.  Over the years, what began as an empty living room became a sort of “climax community” exemplifying their iterative process.
The exhibit will explore this journey through photos, interviews and the memories of family and friends, as well as the recreation of several early living room arrangements. By exploring changes and additions through the years, visitors will gain a greater understanding of the Eameses’ processes and vision, their seamless integration of work and play, and a fresh perspective on the House as a space for living– a flexible frame designed to accommodate changing needs in which indoors and outdoors blend seamlessly.

Ongoing Events:

  • Visit the Essential Eames: The Design of Knowledge exhibit at the Eames Office from June 16 through October 10, 2011.
Essential Eames explores the classic yet contemporary educational philosophies of Charles and Ray Eames through an intimate look at their films, exhibitions, presentations, and former staff members’ recollections. Although the husband-and-wife team is known primarily for furniture design, this exhibition concentrates on the Eameses’ playful but sharply focused approach to working, teaching, learning, and communicating ideas. Essential Eames also considers their methodologies through showcasing and examining pivotal works from their first exhibition, Mathematica: A World of Numbers…and Beyond, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
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