The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) proudly presents Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts, the first-ever retrospective of work by pioneering Swedish-American architect and designer Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906-1999). Beginning with her education and early career as one of a handful of female designers defining Swedish Modernism in the 1930s, the exhibition chronicles her meteoric rise upon settling in Los Angeles, where she received prestigious commissions from such firms as Barker Bros. and Ralph O. Smith, and began her career as an architect exemplifying the California modernist style. Since Grossman’s death, her role in the Southern California design movement has been largely under-recognized; this exhibition rediscovers her influential and rare accomplishments as both an industrial designer and architect.
Organized by the Swedish Museum of Architecture and R 20th Century Gallery, New York City, the exhibition is curated by Evan Snyderman of R 20th Century Gallery and Karin Åberg Waern, curator, Arkitekturmuseet. Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts exhibition opened at the Swedish Museum of Architecture on February 9, 2010. It was on display at Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma from January 20 through May 6, 2012. The exhibition is accompanied by a 160 page, full-color catalogue.
Dresser, 1952. Black laminate and wood, 29 x 47 x 17.5 in. Greta Magnusson Grossman Estate, courtesy of R 20th Century Gallery, New York, New York
Greta Grossman, designer; Glenn of California, Los Angeles, manufacturer, Folding screen, 1952. Walnut, painted wood, piano wire, 60 x 72 x 3 in. Greta Magnusson Grossman Estate, courtesy of R 20th Century Gallery, New York, New York