April 24–October 6, 2014
Julius Shulman, Kaufmann House designed by Richard Neutra (Palm Springs, CA), 1947. Gelatin silver print. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute. Copyright © J. Paul Getty Trust.
Designing Home explores the role of Jewish architects, designers, and artists in the formation of a new American domestic landscape during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Featuring modern household items—from furniture and textiles to dinnerware and serving utensils—the exhibition highlights the contributions of well-known designers, among them Anni Albers, Joseph Eichler, and Richard Neutra, and critically overlooked ones such as Ruth Adler Schnee, Marguerite Wildenhain, and Alex Steinweiss. Designing Home also examines significant patrons, merchants, and media figures who disseminated this modern aesthetic to a broad audience. Designing Home is organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.