After an acclaimed, three-year tour, The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibit lands at the Oakland Museum of California, celebrating the careers of the iconic duo with never-before-seen pieces.

Beginning October 13 and running until February 17, 2019, The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibit will make its final stop at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). It provides a comprehensive survey of the couple’s entire career, thanks to more than 380 works that include multimedia installations, intimate photographs, and rare prototypes. The interactive exhibit aims to showcase the breadth and range of the couple’s work across various fields, ultimately bringing their “ideas and playful spirit to life.”

Charles and Ray Eames at the beach in California, early 1940s.

Charles and Ray Eames at the beach in California, early 1940s.

Photo: Eames Office

Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames were a husband-and-wife design powerhouse, primarily known for their significant contributions to modern architecture, furniture design, industrial design, and manufacturing. The couple married in 1941 and moved to California, and their legacy has since become intertwined with the state. 

“Ray and Charles Eames have changed the world of design, creating beautiful work that is both stylish and functional in our everyday lives,” said Carin Adams, curator of art and OMCA exhibition curator. “As a museum whose mission is to ‘inspire all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities,’ there’s no better example than this dynamic duo, who represent the quintessential California story.” 

In 1949, the Eameses designed and built their home in Pacific Palisades, California, as part of the Case Study House Program, and it has since become an icon of post-war residential design.

In 1949, the Eameses designed and built their home in Pacific Palisades, California, as part of the Case Study House Program, and it has since become an icon of post-war residential design. 

Photo: Eames Office

The exhibit spans the couple’s origin story, then dives into their collaborative approach, experimental thought processes, and personal philosophies. It will also include a screening of the newly-restored Glimpses of the USA, their 1959 film produced for the USSR-USA cultural exchange, wherein the United States Information Agency (U.S.I.A.) commissioned the Eames Office to recreate “a day in the life of the United States” at the time.

LCW (Lounge Chair Wood),1946 (designed 1945), molded plywood with walnut veneer 

Photo: Eames Office

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