The Drawing Center is pleased to present the first major U.S. exhibition to focus on the drawings of architect and industrial designer Greta Grossman. From October 17 through November 6, 2008, in the Drawing Room, Greta Magnusson Grossman: Furniture and Lighting?will debut recently discovered industrial design drawings executed between 1948 and 1959 by the Scandinavian-born, Los Angeles-based artist.
Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906–1999) is today still an under-recognized figure in the Southern California design movement of the 1950s – ‘60s. Grossman was twice the recipient of the Museum of Modern Art’s “Good Design” award in 1950 and 1952. She was featured more than 14 times in John Entenza’s Arts & Architecture magazine between 1947 and 1960, and the houses, interiors, and objects she designed influenced a number of her better-known contemporaries, including Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Irving Gill, and Pierre Koenig.
Greta Magnusson Grossman: Furniture and Lighting will feature small and large scale “shop” drawings of her metal lamps designed for the Ralph O. Smith Company; furniture designs for Glenn of California, Barker Brothers, and the G.T. line; as well as archival photographs of manufactured works from Grossman’s office that were used for client presentations. This exhibition is curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center.