The World of Charles and Ray Eames Finale

Posted July 27, 2018

October 13, 2018 – February 18, 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 is concluding 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.

In celebration of The World of Charles and Ray Eames, we created a #YourEamesStory Contest in partnership with the Oakland Museum of California in January 2019. The winner took home an Eames RAR Rocker and the runner-up received an Eames Hang-It-All!



The World of Charles and Ray Eames
October 13, 2018 – February 18, 2019

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, California

Purchase your tickets online today.

Image by Tristian Fewings 2015 view of the Barbican Centre installation.