For us here at our studio, the California Mid-Century Modern Style which is admired until today is already impressive and inspiring when thinking of the Case Study Houses, Palm Springs or all the other great structures, furniture and materials out there but the current exhibition at the LACMA even goes a step further and deals with the question about design dialogues between California and Mexico between 1915-1985.
Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985
This new exhibition at Los Angele County Museum of Art (LACMA) explores how modern and anti-modern design movements defined California and Mexico throughout the twentieth century. The show’s primary themes include Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism.
Half of the exhibit’s more than 250 objects represent architecture, conveyed through drawings, photographs, and films 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, Found in Translation is the first show 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.
Found in Translation
September 17, 2017 – April 1, 2018
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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We can’t wait to come back to Los Angeles next February to learn more about this exciting subject between two totally different countries!…but maybe they are not so different as we think…
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