If you're setting up your new calendar for 2007, you should bookmark September for a very cool exhibit at the Orange County Museum of Art entitled "The Birth of Cool" according to their site... Birth of the Cool will look at the broad cultural zeitgeist of “cool” that influenced the visual arts, graphic and decorative arts, architecture, music, and film produced in California in the 1950s and early 1960s. The widespread influence of such mid century architects and designers as John Lautner, Richard Neutra, Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames, to name a few, have been well-documented. Less well-known, however, are the innovations of a group of hard-edge painters working during this period including Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Karl Benjamin, Fredrick Hammersley, and John McLaughlin, whose work retains a freshness and relevance today. Birth of the Cool revisits this scene, providing a visual and cultural context for West Coast geometric abstract painting within the other dynamic art forms of this time. Sep 16, 2007 - Jan 6, 2008 Bring on the cool.