Cal­i­for­nia cool

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A taste of mid-cen­tury Cal­i­for­nia cool will be on dis­play at the Auck­land Art Gallery this win­ter.

Cal­i­for­nia De­sign, 1930-1965: Liv­ing in a Mod­ern Way is the first ma­jor study of Cal­i­for­nia mid-cen­tury mod­ern de­sign and the Cal­i­for­nian way of life.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures more than 250 ob­jects in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, ce­ram­ics, met­al­work, fash­ion and tex­tiles, in­dus­trial and graphic de­sign, pho­tog­ra­phy and film.

First ex­hib­ited by the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art in 2011, Cal­i­for­nia De­sign exa- mines the golden state’s role in shap­ing the ma­te­rial cul­ture of the United States and fur­ther afield.

It is or­gan­ised into four the­matic ar­eas to il­lus­trate the 1951 quote from de­signer Greta Mag­nus­son Gross­man that Cal­i­for­nia de­sign is ‘‘not a su­per­im­posed style, but an an­swer to present con­di­tions. It has de­vel­oped out of our own pref­er­ences for liv­ing in a mod­ern way’’.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Septem­ber 29.

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