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For 50 years, Los Angeles-based artist/designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman played a central role in the distinctive aesthetic of California mid-century modernism.

Exhibitions

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985
September 17, 2017–April 1, 2018
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA

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Testimonials

“Their textiles are like Charles and Ray Eames’ designs and Bonnie Cashin’s fashions—optimistic, gorgeous, influenced by a sense of freedom that can only be found in California.”

Jonathan Adler, designer

“I was amazed at how fluidly they moved from the language of geometric and minimal abstraction—a modernist aesthetic—to a vernacular vocabulary that bordered on folk art.”

Jo Lauria, curator

“Jerry and Evelyn were in the right place at the right time, producing work that was extremely well designed and ideal for these clean-lined modern interiors. Theirs is the kind of modernism that has not become dated. It’s still fresh.”

Bill Stern, director, Museum of California Design

“There is a warmth and authenticity to Ackerman ceramics, tapestries, mosaics and wood carvings, perhaps because they designed for people like themselves, who were on a budget yet wanted to live with beautiful, well-made things.”

Joyce Lovelace, American Craft Magazine

“The multi-talented design duo of Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman…lived the designer-craftsman ethos to its fullest extent.”

Glenn Adamson, former director, Museum of Arts and Design

The Ackermans

A Marriage of Craft and Design
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