Friday, August 8, 2008

Birth of the Cool- An Attitude that Eludes Those Who Try too Hard to Achieve It.


This exhibition is coming to the Blanton Museum in February of next year. A ways away, but I'm thinking it might be worth a look-see. Have to get a baby sitter. Weird... MAYBE start the bebe off right and take the little lady. Here's what the Blanton say:
Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture At Midcentury
February 22 – May 17, 2009
Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture At Midcentury takes a look at the broad cultural zeitgeist of “cool” that influenced the visual, graphic, and decorative arts, furniture, architecture, music, and film produced in California in the 1950s and early 1960s. The exhibition, organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, includes a jazz lounge; a media bar with film, animation, and television programming; a period art gallery of hard-edge abstract paintings; selections of art, architectural, and documentary photography; and an interactive timeline that highlights examples of California, national, and international culture and history in the 1950s. Birth of the Cool examines the dynamic community of artists who overlapped and interacted in Southern California at midcentury—Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Charles and Ray Eames, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, Helen Lundeberg, and others who played a germinal role in the development of this iconic style of high modernism.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Chad - no need for a baby sitter, we are definitely taking the little lady. I meant to tell you about this show, but you totally beat me to it. You are a smarty pants. there's also this guy, Jeff Kirk, who's opening up a fancy pants decorative arts gallery in the 2nd st. District - not just mid-century, but 20th Century design stuff. I think he's calling it Kirk. Probably way out of our price range, if I may be so bold as to speak for both of us, but fun to check out.

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