austin: birth of the cool

final days! if you're around austin, don't forget to see the interesting birth of the cool exhibition at the blanton museum of art [on until may 17]. the elaborate show focuses on the painting, architecture, furniture design, decorative and graphic arts, film and music that launched mid–century modernism in the u.s. and established los angeles as a major american cultural center. through the display of over 200 objects you'll get the chance to explore the dynamic creative communities of that time in southern california, zooming in on artists and designers such as charles + ray eames, pierre koenig and chet baker. location: martin luther king jr. boulevard [downtown]. © j. paul getty trust / image: julius shulman - photograph of case study house #21 [pierre koenig - 1958]