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2/14/2011

A Valentine Story

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Happy Valentine's guys! In honor of this day, I thought I'd share a little love story overheard in Los Angeles.

Long before there was an IKEA or the concept of affordable design, Detroit designers Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman set up shop in Los Angeles and pioneered what is now popularly called the mid-century California modernism movement. Characterized by warm colors and influenced by the clean lines of the Bauhaus movement, the Ackermans' work were the precursors of the interiors we love to imagine in our homes today. After seeing them in action at the Craft and Folk Art Museum's exhibition opening of "A Marriage of Craft and Design: The Works of Jerome & Evelyn Ackerman," I think the secret of their success is pure love.

Last January 29, the Craft and Folk Art Museum feted the couples' successful 50-year partnership and also their birthdays, which were only weeks apart. On the third floor (where the couples' works were displayed), photographers hovered around Jerome and Evelyn, trying to get a great photo of the two who sat on the sofa placed in the middle of the room. Jerome gamely held both of his wife's hands in his and interlaced their fingers. He asked the photographer, "Is this too much hand?"

I never quite heard what the photographer said, but I thought that Jerome and Evelyn's obvious devotion to each other was such a wonderful sight to see. No wonder their work was as exuberant as it is; it's a testament to how great their partnership is in and out of the studio.

Here are some of the sights my camera captured on that day:

The Windy City
This is my favorite piece perhaps because wind is something every tall building has to contend with and it's depicted so simply here.


I don't know what this is, but I love the combination of the yellow against the blue background.

This is Tanya Aguiniga's cave-like oasis made of yarn. She is also a great artist to check out on the second floor of the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Photo credits: Carren Jao

5814 Wilshire Boulevard (at Curson)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.937.4230

Admission: $7; free first Wednesday of the month
Tuesday through Friday: 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

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