future exhibition

California

“Designed in California” is the new “Made in Italy”. While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine its current global reach. Picking up the story in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.

About the exhibition

Its central idea is that California has pioneered tools of personal liberation, from LSD to skateboards and iPhones.

This ambitious survey brings together political posters, personal computers and self-driving cars but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences. The exhibition reveals how this culture of design and technology has made us all Californians.

Patent drawing for the geodesic dome courtesy of The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller/Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

Black Panther poster, Emory Douglas, Afro-American Solidarity with the oppressed people of the world

Icon for the Apple Mac, 1984, Susan Kare notebook, courtesy of kareprints.com

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California will be a ticketed exhibition.

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Background image: Snapchat glasses courtesy of Snap Inc.