It's Midcentury Madness for the Next Month

By Krystin Arneson
In Culture

Whether you spend your Saturday afternoons at South Jefferson Mid Century Modern or simply pine after the set design on “Mad Men,” you’ll love what’s coming up during the next two weeks here in STL. Mid-century design abounds in a few events across the city … so pull up the footstool on that Eames chair and break out your planner.

Designed by Charles Eames and Ray Kaiser Eames, manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company, Lounge Chair Wood (LCW), designed 1946; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Tom and Jean Wolff in memory of Charles Eames 47:1985; © Eames Office, LLC

Designed by Charles Eames and Ray Kaiser Eames, manufactured by Herman Miller Furniture Company, Lounge Chair Wood (LCW), designed 1946; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Tom and Jean Wolff in memory of Charles Eames 47:1985; © Eames Office, LLC

Oct. 25, 3-5pm: Eames Day at Parapet/Real Humans
One more claim to fame for St. Louis: Groundbreaking designer Charles Eames was born here in 1907. The designer, along with Ray Kaiser—a fellow artist and his wife—contributed immensely to architecture, furniture design and industrial design, shaping the way the world looked at and experienced design during that defining era. At this event, get your fill of midcentury with furniture lent to the gallery by MoModerne.

Nov. 7, Fall Eclectic Auction at Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
If you’re looking to add some midcentury style to your home, Selkirk’s “eclectic auction” includes midcentury pieces by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, who was a principal designer for Widdicomb Furniture and among those who pioneered the clean lines of the mid-1940s through mid-1950s. The auction is Nov. 7, but preview dates begin Nov. 1 through the morning of the auction.

Beginning Nov. 8: “St. Louis Modern” at Saint Louis Art Museum
Running until Jan. 31, the exhibition tracks STL’s contributions in art, architecture and design to midcentury modern between 1935 and 1965. It features more than 150 objects—from ice-crushers to Corvettes—from its permanent collection and from lenders (museum and private) from around the US. The latter bookend of the span also marks the completion of Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch. Featured artists include Harris Armstrong, Harry Bertoia, Frederick Dunn, Charles & Ray Eames, Dorothy Liebes, Samuel A. Marx, Isamu Noguchi, Victor Hugo Proetz, Siegfried Reinhardt, Eero Saarinen and Pipsan Saarinen Swanson. Free for members; otherwise $14 adults, $12 seniors/students, $6 children ages 6-12, free for children 6 and under.

Nov. 13, 7-9pm, “Midcentury Modern Architecture in St. Louis: An Expanded View” at SLAM
Washington University doctoral candidate in history Mary Reid Brunstrom explores four decades of STL’s modern architecture from 1928 to 1968.

Nov. 20, 7:30pm, Cocktails and Conversation at SLAM
“Birth of the Cool: Jazz and Midcentury Modern Design” is the theme for this cocktail hour at Farrell Auditorium. Classic drinks at the cash bar come first, followed by a program exploring the relationships between jazz and midcentury modern design. $15 ($10 Saint Louis Art Museum Members).

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