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Art: Group Show

California's Designing Women, 1896–1986


Aug 10, 2012 – Jan 6, 2013

Tuesdays–Wednesdays (10am–4pm)

Thursdays (10am–8pm)

Fridays–Saturdays (10am–4pm)

Sundays (10am–6pm)


The Autry National Center of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Wy




The Autry Museum in Griffith Park is the site of a new design exhibition, California’s Designing Women, 1896-1986. Reminiscent of LACMA’s landmark 2011 show, California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way, the Autry’s show draws attention to important women designers, many of whom were underappreciated in their day and not credited for their work. Curator Bill Stern, Executive Director of the Museum of California Design (and a consulting curator for Living in a Modern Way) brought together the work of women designers as famous as Ray Eames and Beatrice Wood, along with dozens who are lesser known, yet deserving of attention. The work of these women, who created work ranging from fine craft to commercial design, includes furniture, fashion, jewelry, and graphic design. See the range of influences on California design, including cultural influences from Mexico, China, and Japan; materials including abalone; and design movements including Art Deco and Mid-Century Modernism.

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill

The Autry National Center of the American West says…

Women have long been recognized as practitioners of the decorative arts, but commercial design and fine craft, which are the focus of California’s Designing Women, 1896–1986, were long considered the province of men. This unprecedented exhibition honors female designers who made major contributions to Californian and American design by incorporating into their work the newest styles, materials, and technologies of their time