What's So California About California Design?
Bill Stern, who served as consulting curator for California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way,"
at LACMA through June 3, will discuss how local materials, war industries, and a burgeoning population
conspired to make California - America's cultural frontier - a preeminent source of new products and new
looks for the entire nation. He will demonstrate how distinctively California circumstances, including a gold rush,
an earthquake, a depression and a world war, combined with the state's unique confluence of cultural influences -
Spanish Colonial, Spanish-Moorish, Mexican, European, Chinese and Japanese - to inspire an astonishing
surge of design innovation.
P.S. Even though this is an open-seating event, it would be helpful for us to know if you are planning to attend it.
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