The Eames Office’s last exhibition designed during Charles’ lifetime was its most complex. Celebrating the American Revolution Bicentennial, The World of Franklin & Jefferson explored the connections between the two men and their impact on America’s independence.
The exhibition revealed specific infividuals who shaped Franklin and Jefferson’s thinking; it stressed their commitment to the independence movement; it highlighted the men’s roles in creating the Declatation of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights; and it explored their interest in America’s westward expansion.
During its tour, Franklin & Jefferson travelled throughout Europe and the United States, showing everywhere from the Grand Palais in Paris to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Produced in conjunction with the exhibition is this brochure from the Eames Office collection. The vintage brochure, produced in 1975, is in wonderful condition and features 28 color pages filled with rich graphics and content.
Purchase now through 2/24 and receive “The Films of Charles and Ray Eames: Volume 3” as a bonus so you can further explore the World of Franklin & Jefferson.
Charles & Ray Eames
Charles' interest in Exhibition Design goes back to 1939 when he designed the Faculty Exhibition at Cranbrook--and even before if you consider his Set Design work with the Civic Light Opera in St Louis in the 1930s. At the faculty exhibition, Charles even included a film he made about the potter Maija Grotell. Ray's father ran a vaudeville theater in Sacramento and understood the value of presentation. Ray certainly hung several painting shows. As they came to develop their ideas, they believed that one of the keys to education was the importance of giving primary experiences. All of their exhibitions do exactly that, as evidenced in the Multiplication Cube, Celestial Mechanics, Probability Machine and other hands on machines and experiments in their exhibition, Mathematica: A World of Numbers...and Beyond
Charles and Ray's attention to detail, and far-reaching interest in "how things work" led to exhibitions on science, art, history, design and more. Most well known are Textiles and Ornamental Arts of India, the IBM Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, Mathematica: A World of Numbers...and Beyond at the Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles, Glimpses of the U.S.A. for the American National Exhibition in Moscow's 1959 U.S.S.R.-U.S.A. exchange, What is Design? at the Musée des Arts Dècoratifs in Paris, The World of Franklin and Jefferson with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.