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Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Francisco Artigas and Fernando Luna. House at 131 Rocas, Jardines del Pedregal, Mexico City , 1966. Photo by Roberto and Fernando Luna, 1966. © Roberto and Fernando Luna

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This is the first exhibition to examine design dialogues between California and Mexico that shaped the architecture and material culture of each place.

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 is a groundbreaking exhibition and accompanying book about design dialogues between California and Mexico. Its four main themes—Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Columbian Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism—explore how modern and anti-modern design movements defined both locales throughout the twentieth century. Half of the show’s more than 300 objects represent architecture, conveyed through drawings, photographs, films, and models to illuminate the unique sense of place that characterized California’s and Mexico’s buildings. The other major focus is design: furniture, ceramics, metalwork, graphic design, and murals. Placing prominent figures such as Richard Neutra, Luis Barragán, Charles and Ray Eames, and Clara Porset in a new context while also highlighting contributions of less familiar practitioners, this exhibition is the first to examine how interconnections between California and Mexico shaped the material culture of each place, influencing and enhancing how they presented themselves to the wider world.

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September 17, 2017 - April 01, 2018


Midcity LA




Architecture & Design, Murals