California Mid-century Design the Focus of Several Upcoming Exhibits

The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) opens in a new space with ‘Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975,’ November 12 through March 31.

John Lautner turns 100. (Photo: John Lautner Archive)

The exhibit, part of the Getty Foundation’s collaborative series ‘Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,’ includes work by Harrison McIntosh, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, and other art potters. AMOCA will publish a 160-page catalog. 340 South Garey Avenue, Pomona.

Also part of ‘Pacific Standard Time’ is an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ‘California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way,’ October 1 to March 25. The exhibit surveys the breadth of mid-century design, from furniture and architecture through jewelry, textiles, fashion—even the occasional car. The 350 pieces include art from throughout the state. 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Across the street from LACMA, the Craft and Folk Art Museum focuses on modern craftspeople in ‘The Golden State of Craft: California 1960s-1980s,’ September 25 to January 8. 5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, fans of the idiosyncratic architect John Lautner (1911-1994) can attend films, talks, and more, through November. Sponsored by the John Lautner Foundation in conjunction with several partners, the ‘John Lautner Turns 100’ series continues through the fall. Events include a preservation symposium co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy, and a tour of the Lautner archive at the Getty Research Institute.