Born Too Tall: California Women Designers, Postwar to Postmodern

November 4, 2022 – January 27, 2023

64 White Street


On November 4, R & Company will open Born Too Tall: California Women Designers, Postwar to Postmodern, an exhibition exploring the work of a dozen women designers who pushed the boundaries of object making and deeply influenced the development of design. The featured designers are also united by their engagement with California, where they lived, worked, studied and taught, and were inspired by the state’s natural beauty, creative energy, and centrality to technological advancements. Through approximately 25 objects, Born Too Tall examines the conceptual, technical, and material innovations and experimentations of Evelyn Ackerman, Ray Eames, Claire Falkenstein, Arline Fisch, Trude Guermonprez, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Wendy Maruyama, Merry Renk, Cheryl R. Riley, June Schwarcz, Kay Sekimachi, Pamela Weir-Quiton, Jade Snow Wong, and Marguerite Wildenhain. While these women attained success for their distinct approaches to working with and re-envisioning the possibilities of ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, and metal, their achievements remain underrepresented in contemporary dialogues and in the narration of design history. With Born Too Tall, R & Company sheds new light on their accomplishments and the singularity of their visions and practices.

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