The World of Charles and Ray Eames FinalePosted July 27, 2018
October 13, 2018 – February 17, 2019: From films and drawings to toys and rare prototypes, The World of Charles and Ray Eames is not to be missed. See this critically-acclaimed exhibition at its last stop: the Oakland Museum of California.
After traveling internationally for three years, The World of Charles and Ray Eames will conclude its tour at the Oakland Museum of California.
This exhibition, about the life and work of one of the 20th century’s most beloved design couples, brings together nearly 400 objects to examine the legacy of the duo’s work and post-war modernism. It features multi-media installations, films, rare prototypes, photography, furniture, toys, products, as well as personal letters, drawings, and artwork.
While many people know Charles and Ray for their furniture and products, they addressed the need of any given problem using a wide variety of tools and media. As the Barbican, who originally produced the exhibition in collaboration with the Eames Office, said, “Charles and Ray Eames moved fluidly between the mass-production of objects for everyday use and the transmission of ideas through exhibition, film or installation, in anticipation of the global ‘information age’. They were driven by philosophical ideals that favored knowledge, discovery and discipline; embraced the potential of technology and science for the common good; and saw no separation between life and work.”
Many of the never-before-seen objects in the show are on loan from the professional archive of the Eames Office, as well as a range of public and private collections worldwide. The exhibition has delighted visitors and revealed Charles and Ray’s playful approach to life and work in cities across the globe, including London, England; Umeå, Sweden; Lisbon, Portugal; Genk, Belgium; Weil am Rhein, Germany; Dearborn, Michigan, and now, in its final stop, Oakland, California.
The World of Charles and Ray Eames
October 13, 2018 – February 17, 2019
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Image by Tristian Fewings. View of the Barbican Centre’s installation.