The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is proud to present the fourth California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction, an exhibition that highlights the most significant and innovative designs being created in California. Great works of art are often inspired by challenges and adversity; this exhibition will focus on how California’s established and emerging designers are responding to current economic, political and environmental challenges. In a departure from past California Design Biennials, this exhibition will not feature a juried competition but will instead have a separate curator for each design category: industrial design, fashion, graphic, transportation and architecture. This is the first year that architecture is being included as a category.
Organized and presented by the PMCA since 2003, the California Design Biennial showcases new directions in design, as well as exploring how design impacts and inspires our culture. While the exhibition focuses on work created in the past two years, it builds upon the unique history of California design for the past 100 years.