was organized by
the Library of Congress
in partnership with the
Vitra Design Museum.
Charles Eames (1907-78)
and Ray Eames (1912-88) gave shape to America's twentieth century.
Their lives and work represented the nation's defining social
movements: the West Coast's coming-of-age, the economy's shift
from making goods to the producing information, and the global
expansion of American culture. The Eameses embraced the era's
visionary concept of modern design as an agent of social change,
elevating it to a national agenda. Their evolution from furniture
designers to cultural ambassadors demonstrated their boundless
talents and the overlap of their interests with those of their
country. In a rare era of shared objectives, the Eameses partnered
with the federal government and the country's top businesses to
lead the charge to modernize postwar America.
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