'Ray Eames: In the Spotlight' at Art Center, Pasadena

Posted on by Lauren Moss

A recent exhibit at the Williamson Gallery at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design takes a colorful look at the influences and creative processes that shaped the work of one of the most important designers of the past century- Ray Eames.

Williamson Gallery , Art Center College of Design

Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design

sketches + correspondence

sketches + correspondence

Ray Eames: In the Spotlight features letters, notes, sketches, paintings, photographs, process drawings, furniture, films, and collections tracing Ray Eames's varied interests and her interaction with key people, places and institutions.
An intimate study of Ray's world, the exhibition concentrates on the iterative, hands-on process that the famous Charles and Ray Eames team are known for, as well as the 'way-it-should-be-ness' that defined how they worked and lived. (a+d)

The following photos are a few of our favorite vignettes from the event:

paintings + drawings  / Ray Eames

paintings + drawings / Ray Eames

Eames   Hang-It-All  (1953) /  Herman Miller  /  Vitra

Eames Hang-It-All (1953) / Herman Miller / Vitra

In alignment with the couple's emphasis on exploration and innovation, the beautifully curated collection features an array of interactive and multimedia presentations, providing a rich visual narrative.

film media   /  Eames Designs

film media /  Eames Designs

Through these visual stories and timelines, both her professional work, including bold geometric textiles for Herman Miller, as well as her personal sketches, diaries, and correspondence convey an evolving artistic process of exploring, creating and innovating.

House of Cards   /  Eames Office

House of Cards /  Eames Office

Ray Eames / fashion + travel

For more on Charles and Ray Eames and mid-century modernism, view previous posts on the pair and their work, including our photo gallery of the iconic Case Study House #8 and images from a visit to the A+D museum for LACMA's California Modernism exhibit, EAMES words.

Eames Exhibit / original molded chairs

For a more in-depth look at the exhibition and virtual tour, see the short video below or view it online.

To learn more about the history and background of the couple's iconic design studio and practice, as well as view original films, visit the Eames Office on YouTube and make sure to take a look at the associated project, -  'A Virtual Encyclopedia of all things Eames'.

travel, culture + collecting  / Ray Eames

travel, culture + collecting / Ray Eames

Eames Elephant  (1945)  /   Vitra

Eames Elephant (1945)  /  Vitra