Oculus Gallery is pleased to present a selection of Italian (and Italian-inspired) fine furnishings, lighting and accessories entitled Italian Style: 1930s – 1980s. The exhibition will be held at VAROLA located at the Pacific Design Center.
The exhibition traces the Italian design movement’s trajectory from the inter-war years through the Post-Modern era to include the influence of traditional “Craft Arts” from through the early years of the Marshall Plan; how these earlier traditions led to high-quality, small-scale production of modern goods in the later 1940s and early 1950s; and finally, the emergence of a pan-European approach through the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Italian Style: 1930s – 1980s will feature Italian works from Fontana Arte, Stilnovo, Cassina and Paolo de Poli, American-made pieces which utilize hand-crafted elements imported from Italy and Edward Wormley for Dunbar’s decidedly Italian-inspired La Gondola sofa from 1957.
The exhibition will run from January 25 through March 16, 2018. Opening hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am-5pm.
Please join us on Thursday, January 25th from 5:30 - 9pm for the opening reception of Italian Style: 1930s - 1980s. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibition marks Oculus’ first curated project as part of PDC’s designLAb programming, bringing the gallery’s online world to life in the gallery space, providing further context for interpretation and investigation of our fine art and objects.
designLAb provides a platform to explore art that addresses the design center‘s unique context of interior design, spanning a variety of art disciplines and media. designLAb is conceived and directed by curator Helen Varola and made possible by Charles S. Cohen, collector and generous supporter of MOCA Pacific Design Center.
designLAb is located on the 2nd floor of the Blue Building. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11:00 – 5:00 PM or by appointment on Saturday. Enter Pacific Design Center’s Blue Building on Melrose and use the escalators or elevators to the 2nd floor.