The Fall started already and soon we will be in the full winter, time to visit nice exhibitions about the mid century modern period!
Below I selected some that I would love to visit and so I hope you too.
From October 28, 2012 to February 24, 2012
@ Pasadena Museum of California Art
Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts
“The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) proudly presents the first-ever retrospective of work by pioneering Swedish-American architect and designer Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999). Beginning with her education and early career as one of a handful of female designers defining Swedish Modernism in the 1930s, the exhibition chronicles her meteoric rise upon settling in Los Angeles, where she received prestigious commissions from such firms as Barker Bros. and Ralph O. Smith, and began her career as an architect exemplifying the California modernist style.” (via Pasadena Museum of California Art)
From October, 4, 2012 to December, 16, 2012
@ Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles
“The exhibition at A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles is unique in shedding light on the little known chapter of Eero Saarinen’s secret professional life during the WWII when he served in the OSS, the precursor of the CIA. His wartime experience influenced and helped Eero Saarinen establish himself as one of the most creative designers with products that broke technological and aesthetic boundaries including the Tulip chair and the Womb chair, both still in production by Knoll.” (via Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles)
Until February, 13, 2013
@ Guggenheim Museum, NY
A Long Awaited Tribute Frank Lloyd Wrights Usonian House and Pavilion
“On October 22, 1953, Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright opened in New York on the site where the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum would eventually be built. Two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings were constructed specifically to house the exhibition: a temporary pavilion made of glass, fiberboard, and pipe columns; and a 1,700-square-foot, fully furnished, two-bedroom, model Usonian house representing Wright’s organic solution for modest, middle-class dwellings.
This presentation (…) pays homage to these two structures. Aware of his lack of architectural recognition in New York City prior to the 1953 exhibition, Wright declared: “this house and the pavilion alongside it . . . represent a long-awaited tribute: the first Wright building[s] erected in New York City.” (via Guggenheim Museum)
If you are planning to go please let me know as I would love to hear your opinion about them!