Gideon Kramer


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becOMing: a love story

Artist's Reception, Book Release, and 93rd Birthday Party, Thursday, April 8, 6 - 9 pm
CoCA Ballard, 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
On View Weekdays 10 am - 5 pm, April 8 - May 8, 2010

Center on Contemporary Art is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of Gideon Kramer. Weaved around the story of his life-long relationship with his wife Ruth, this exhibition touches on all aspects of Gideon's work as a visionary designer, artist, inventor, teacher, builder, lecturer, and businessman

Seattle's Gideon Kramer is a true renaissance man. Long fascinated by the relationship between materials, technology, design, and function -- and given to flights of insightful socio-cultural and philosophical musings -- Kramer is recognized as one of of the greatest industrial designers of our age. A graduate of the renowned engineering program at Chicago's Institute of Design, his achievements are myriad. Kramer devised the first truly ergonomic chair in 1946; began conceiving radically new truck designs in the early 1950's; started teaching Industrial Design at the University of Washington in 1957 and architectural workshops at the University of Oregon in 1960. In 1966 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored his "outstanding achievement in fine arts, allied professions [and] craftsmanship in the industrial arts" by bestowing on him their coveted Industrial Arts Medal. Kramer had penned essays for the AIA Journal, The Argus, The Arts, the World Institute Journal of the United Nations, and other industrial arts and design publications.

Gideon celebrated hs 93rd Birthday on March 28, 2010.

Catalog

Gideon Kramer

Becoming: A Story of Love and Cosmology

This book creates the context for an exhibition of the work of Gideon Kramer. Weaved around the story of his life-long relationship with his wife Ruth, the exhibition and the book touch on all aspects of Gideon's work as a visionary designer, artist, inventor, teacher, builder, lecturer, and businessman.

$35 + tax&shipping. Purchase from our lulu Storefront.
96 pages, 8.5 x 8.5, full color, soft cover, perfect bound
Preview here. (25Mb pdf)

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