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Monday, December 19 at 10 p.m. American Masters "Eames: The Architect and the Painter"

(Rochester, NY) – From 1941 to 1978, the husband-and-wife team of Ray and Charles Eames brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training; she was a painter and sculptor. Together, they are considered America’s most important and influential designers, whose work helped shape, literally, the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's film, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, airing Monday, December 19 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), looks at the influence the Eames had on significant events and movements in American life — from the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age. Actor, author, and painter James Franco narrates.

The Eames are, perhaps, best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire and aluminum — offering consumers beautiful, functional, yet inexpensive products. Revered for their designs and fascinating as individuals, the Eames have risen to iconic status in American culture, but their influence on significant events and movements in American life — from the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age — has been less widely understood.

Pictured: Ray and Charles Eames selecting slides for the exhibition, “Photography & the City, 1968".

Credit: Courtesy of ©2011 Eames Office, LLC



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