The World of Franklin & Jefferson

DATE - 1975-1977

The last exhibition prepared by the Eames Office was the most complex in both research and execution; it boasted 7,000 square feet of museum space. The World of Franklin & Jefferson celebrated the American Revolution Bicentennial while exploring the connections between the two men and their impact on America’s independence.

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The exhibition revealed specific individuals who shaped Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson’s thinking. It stressed their commitment to the independence movement; highlighted the men’s roles in creating the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights; and explored their interest in America’s westward expansion. Charles and Ray also created a book and a film about the exhibition.

Former Eames Office staff member Jeannine Oppewall recalls working on the exhibition: “I actually got up in the morning and considered who was important to put on a timeline about the history of ideas and America during the revolution. Who else gets to do that for a living!” During the show’s tour, Franklin & Jefferson traveled throughout Europe and the United States, showing everywhere from the Grand Palais in Paris to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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