A Parade of Toys in “Serious Play” Posted August 14, 2019 by Marlow Hoffman

In this video clip at the Denver Art Museum’s Serious Play exhibition, catch a unique four-screen display of the Eames film Parade, along with a wide variety of toys by the Eameses and other designers.

The Eames Office took the opportunity to explore the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America with our education director, Carla Hartman, and the show’s co-curator, Darrin Alfred.

In this video clip, Alfred introduces us to a “parade of toys” in the child’s play section of the exhibition, which features colorful displays of toys (some of which you can play with!) by Charles and Ray and other designers. Highlights include the Eames House of Cards, The Toy, The Little Toy, and The Coloring Toy, along with papers, objects, and other elements used in making those products. Visitors can also watch the Eames film Parade on four individual screens, allowing them to get a sense of the film in its entirety.

Explore Serious Play through the eyes of Alfred and Hartman in a series of short videos. Watch the clip above, see a segment on Tops, and discover what made the couple’s clothing so unique.

Serious Play is on view through August 25, 2019. Stay tuned for another glimpse into the exhibition next week.

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