ARTIFACTS FROM THE EAMES COLLECTION: STEINBERG MEETS THE EAMESES
Known for his stylistically diverse drawings, murals, books, and sculptures, as well as countless contributions to The New Yorker, Saul Steinberg became one of the 20th century’s most iconic artists by continually prodding at the absurdities of life in the modern world. This new book, prepared in conjunction with the Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity’s online exhibition of the same name, delves into the manifold connections between Steinberg and the designers Charles and Ray Eames—and details the flurry of creativity that emerged from a storied encounter in the summer of 1950. The exhibit is drawn from the Eames Institute’s holdings and includes two fiberglass armchairs onto which Steinberg drew, as well as the “diploma” he prepared for Charles as a concession for never graduating from architecture school. These and other Steinberg — and Eames — related artifacts and ephemera are comprehensively documented and complemented by archival photographs, artwork, and an essay from noted Steinberg scholar and curator Francesca Pellicciari.
The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity was founded in 2022 as a public charity and holds large parts of the Eames family’s collection. The Institute aims to equip today’s problem solvers with lessons of Charles and Ray.