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A Colorful Life: Gere Kavanaugh, Designer

Co-authors Louise Sandhaus and Kat Catmur in conversation with Gere Kavanaugh about some of her most striking and exuberant designs. $10 (1.5 hrs)


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The designer Gere Kavanaugh is an irrepressible force of nature who epitomized the craft and folk vibe of the '60s and '70s California design scene and remains a larger-than-life personality today. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Kavanaugh became in 1952 the third woman to earn a degree in Cranbrook Academy of Art's design program. After successful stints as one of General Motor's so-called Damsels of Design and as director of interiors for Victor Gruen's architecture and planning firm, she opened Gere Kavanaugh/Designs. There, Kavanaugh put her unique stamp on textiles, furniture, toys, graphics, store and restaurant interiors, holiday decor, housewares and public art, even designing and curating exhibitions. But perhaps her most enduring project has been the joyful, open-ended, ongoing experiment of her own lifestyle and homes, a dream of color and handcraft. Kavanaugh was awarded the AIGA Medal in 2016, recognizing her "prodigious and polymathic approach to design." 

Louise Sandhaus teaches in the graphic design program at California Institute of the Arts and is the author of  Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936–1984 . Kat Catmur is a graphic designer and illustrator. Recent clients include the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, California Institute of the Arts and the BBC. 

A book signing will immediately follow the program. 

$10

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Immediately following the presentation there will be a book signing of  A Colorful Life: Gere Kavanaugh, designer.
This event is for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

 

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Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 230 Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Courtesy Gere Kavanaugh, Courtesy Gere Kavanaugh; photos © Jennifer Cheung, Courtesy Gere Kavanaugh; photos © Jennifer Cheung, Hearst Communications, Inc.; photos by Max Eckert; courtesy Gere Kavanaugh; digital images © Jennifer Cheung, Courtesy General Motors

 

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