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As a six-year-old, speaker Carla Atwood Hartman spent a glorious summer at the Eames House (along with her mother, a brother, and a sister) playing, learning, making and exploring all while under the exuberant tutelage of grandparents Charles and Ray Eames.
Later, as a senior in high school, Hartman lived with them for one month enjoying and partaking in their routines—both at the Eames Office and the Eames House—which seamlessly blended work with play and play with work.
Much later as an educator, Hartman reflects on how her grandparents embedded Eamesian Principles in all of their actions which, while seemingly spontaneous, actually involved skillful “prepared spontaneity.”
Hartman will delve into the connections, the iterations, problem-solving, and “Powers of Ten thinking” of their designs.
Whether you are a midcentury design buff or just discovering this dynamic era and style, join us in a three-session summer course for a deeper look at Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. Learn more about the social, cultural, and political context of midcentury America, ponder the ways in which “fun” informs the design aesthetic of this period, and get playful with an exploration of iconic midcentury chairs
Presented by Carla Atwood Hartman.
More information about session presenters available here.
Additional course sessions include:
• Moderns before Midcentury (June 15, 2:30-4 pm)
• Fun, Taste & IKEA (August 10, 2:30-4 pm)
$60 DAM members/$70 nonmembers for all three sessions; $22 DAM members/$25 nonmembers for single sessions
Tickets are now on sale for members, and will be available to nonmembers April 8, for the full course or individual sessions.
Please note: General admission tickets which include entrance to the exhibition, are sold separately.
Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, James Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Image: © 2019 Eames Office (eamesoffice.com), Photographer Lucia Eames