Women Designers Rock! Autry National Center Presents California’s Designing Women


Opening on August 10, the Autry National Center presents California’s Designing Women, 1896–1986, an exhibition honoring forty-six women designers and including more than 200 examples of textiles, ceramics, furniture, lighting, jewelry, clothing, and graphics from Arts and Crafts to Art Deco to Mid-century Modern and beyond

Guest curator Bill Stern selected women who were the sole designer of the objects exhibited or were responsible for a clearly defined aspect of them. Featured are women whose designs incorporated the newest styles, materials, and technologies of their time, making major contributions to Californian and American design. The exhibition will also spotlight designers whose work has been underappreciated and sometimes even anonymous.

See work from: copper workers Elizabeth Eaton Burton and Lillian Palmer, Ray Eames and Dorothy Thorpe, potters Gertrud Natzler and Beatrice Wood, dinnerware designer Edith Heath, mid-century furniture designer Greta Magnusson Grossman, enamellist Ellamarie Woolley, fashion designer Margit Fellegi, textile and housewares designer Gere Kavanaugh, jewelry designers Arline Fisch and Judith Hendler, and graphic design innovators Deborah Sussman and April Greiman.

Summer Autrey Hours (July–August only):
Tuesday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (note new close hours)

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