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Ten/Ten/Ten

October 10, 2010— Exploring the power of perspective.

Shane Hood of Modern Tulsa
coordinated the presentations.
Charles and Ray Eames sought to vindicate the lowly zero in their 1977 short film, Powers of Ten. Each year on October 10th aficionados celebrate everything Eames with ceremonial viewings of the film. This year was extra special as numerology added another ten.

Philbrook Museum of Art hosted a Powers of Ten Celebration today. Co-sponsored by the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and Modern Tulsa, it featured 5 short films by Eames and 5 brief presentations. Like a total of ten. Get it?

I was happy to be one of those presenters, and related the story of Jackie and her red LCW chair. Some revelers even recreated the picnic scene featured in the film. But the really big news was delivered by Philbrook director, Rand Suffolk, when he announced a five year deal with Vitra. Beginning in 2012 Tulsa will see some exciting modern exhibitions produced in collaboration with the German company.Two will premiere at Philbrook.

So if you missed the festivities today- here's a small condolence: the Powers of Ten.

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