California’s designing women unfurled

Architecture & Design

There’s a wonderful show, “California’s Designing Women, 1896–1986,” just opening at the Autry National Center; a marvelous retrospective of the artistic women who contributed in design fields from the late-19th century through the end of the Twentieth.

Several of the latter lot gathered yesterday at the Autry in Griffith Park for a happy preview of the exhibit. They posed below [mouse over photo for i.d.s] with the show’s guest curator, California design expert Bill Stern truly a woman’s champion! Bravo, Bill. And all hail the free-spirited and creative California woman.

photos: courtesy Autry National Center

Yellow necklace: Judith Hendler (United States, born 1942), Lemon Drops, necklace, circa 1984, glass-coated acrylic. Manufactured by Acri-Gems Inc. (Los Angeles). Collection of Judith Hendler. Photo by Mario Almarez

Lucite & glass tray: Dorothy Thorpe (United States, 1901–1989) Magnolia, tray, circa 1939, Lucite. Dorothy C. Thorpe, Inc. Collection of Margaret Bach. Photo by Lorca Cohen

Blue egg vase: Marilyn Kay Austin (United States, born 1940), floor vase, circa 1962, earthenware. Manufactured by Architectural Pottery (Manhattan Beach, California). Collection of Bill Stern. Photo by Susan Einstein

Blue stoneware bowl: May Hamilton (United States, 1886–1971) and Vieve Hamilton (United States, 1887–1976), Cosmic, bowl, circa 1936, earthenware. Manufactured by Vernon Kilns (Vernon, California). Private collection. Photo by Peter Brenner

California’s Designing Women, 1896-1986 | The Autry National Center | thru Jan 6

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