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February 19, 2013
Legendary designer Ray Eames subject of new exhibit

CharlesRayEames_1948.jpgRay Eames: A Century of Modern Design, a new exhibit opening at the The California Museum on February 23, will explore the life and work of Sacramento-born design icon Ray Eames.

The display has been developed in partnership with Eames Office and includes rarely-seen artifacts from the Eames family archives - over 100 original works produced by Ray and Charles Eames. Curators are incorporating new research into Ray's early life in Sacramento and her work before meeting Charles in 1941. RayKaiserEames_1920s_paperdoll.jpgArtifacts, photographs, sketches, furniture, paintings and more representing 60 years of her professional work will present her as a pioneer for female artists in the field.

The Ray Eames exhibit builds on work done for the 2006 Sactown Magazine article, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman," and the 2011 PBS American Masters documentary, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, with new research conducted by Carla Hartman, Education Director at Eames Office.

What: Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design exhibit opening
When: February 23, 2013, 10:00 a.m. (on display through February 2014)
Where: The California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento
Cost: Museum membership required for opening reception
For more info: (916) 653-7524 or

IMAGE CREDITS: (Top) Charles & Ray on a Velocette motorcycle, Venica, CA, 1948; (Middle) Childhood paper dolls, ca. 1920s; (Bottom) "To Hofmann with Love from Buddha," ca. 1941. All images used with permission, ©2013 Eames Office, LLC (

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California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

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Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at

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Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at

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