Design for Modern Living Documentary Pays Tribute to Claremont’s Art Pioneers

Design for Modern Living Documentary Pays Tribute to Claremont’s Art Pioneers

MIllard Sheets

Millard Sheets in his Padua Hills studio in the early 1950s. Photo: Sheets Family Archive

Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935 – 1975 sets its lens on a golden age of art and design, ushered in by artist and educator Millard Sheets’ tenure at Scripps College.

Claremont, sometimes referred to as as the “The City of Trees and PhDs,” was already a burgeoning educational center when Sheets arrived, but his artistic vision and magnetic personality provided the spark necessary to ignite the arts in Claremont’s corner of southern California. With Sheets at the center, a cohort of artists from a range disciplines emerged (many featured in the film), bringing national and international attention and a rich artistic tradition that continues today.

Presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, the Clark Humanities Museum, and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, Design for Modern Living will premiere March 22 at the Garrison Theater – a Scripps College structure designed by Millard Sheets himself.