In all of the many areas of design Gere Kavanaugh has tackled, from commercial interiors and exhibitions to furniture, textiles and wallcoverings to typefaces to toys, she is noted for her vibrant use of color and sense of play. She is inspired by folk art, and co-curated the exhibition “Home Sweet Home: American Domestic Vernacular Architecture” for the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles (1983). She designed fabrics for several firms, including Isabel Scott Fabrics and Koryo Silks, and was awarded the International Design Award from the American Institute of Interior Designers for her textile designs in 1968. This animated design seems a fitting tribute to her adopted state of California, where she moved in 1960 and has remained. In it, eye-popping oranges form an abstract, irregular grid pattern.

This is the first work by Gere Kavanaugh to enter the museum’s collection.

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