Barbara Stauffacher Solomon (b. 1928) is a renowned San Francisco-based graphic and landscape designer best known for her 1966 supergraphics at The Sea Ranch in Northern California. Solomon’s iconic style of mixing Swiss Modernism with West Coast Pop pioneered a fresh, new look that came to be called California Cool and is recognized as a seminal moment in the history of graphic design.
In 1990, SFMOMA mounted an exhibition of Solomon’s Ping Pong Table paintings. The paintings are the same size as actual ping pong tables. Her intent was to use the ping pong table's green rectangle to evoke the green rectangles of parks, gardens, public squares, and parking lots, a theme she explored in her 1998 book Green Architecture and the Agrarian Garden. We will recreate elements of the SFMOMA exhibition, pairing paintings with ping pong tables that can be used by visitors, at the A+D Center.
Breaking all the Rules will reference architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design, and will feature a new interior supergraphic designed by Solomon for the interior of the A+D Center; the Ping Pong Pavilion; and an extensive selection of Solomon’s drawings from the 1980s to the present.
This exhibition is organized by Brooke Hodge, Director of Architecture and Design, with generous support from Donna MacMillan, Yvonne & Steve Maloney, Dr. Roswitha Kima Smale, L.J. Cella, and Vicki & Bill Hood.
Exhibition Season Sponsors: David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, and the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation.