California: Designing Freedom

Design Museum
Until October 15
LSD blotting paper, political posters and self-driving cars are just some of the items that will feature in “California: Designing Freedom” a new exhibition to be held at the Design Museum.
Building Construction/Geodesic Dome, United States Patent Office no. 2,682,235 Buckminster Fuller and Chuck Byrne, 1951 Screen print in white ink on clear polyester film San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
For decades California has been considered a pioneering US state when it comes to creating tools of personal liberation - from LSD, to surfboards and iPhones. This exhibition will chart the journey from counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.

Over two hundred objects will be displayed across five thematic sections: “See What You Want” examines pioneering ways of looking at the world – from acid trips to virtual reality.

“Say What You Want” will explore California’s communication culture through posters, magazines and online platforms. While mobility is the focus of “Go Where You Want", so unsurprisingly, this section includes Waymo’s self-driving car and a replica of the Captain America Chopper from the film Easy Rider.

From communes to Facebook - one of the remaining two sections explores communities, and the culture of creating and making is to be examined in another.


Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG
High St Kensington or South Kensington
Opening hours:
10am - 6pm daily
Entry fee:
Adult £16 Student/ concession £12, Child (6 - 15 years) £8, under 6 years: free
May 24 - October 15


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