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Designing Dialogues Between California & Mexico at LACMA, Los Angeles

Xavier Guerrero, Amado de la Cueva, Juan Hernández, Bench from Casa Zuno, Guadalajara, c. 1925, Universidad de Guadalajara, donated by José Guadalupe Zuno Hernández
(Courtesy: LACMA - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Celebrating the cultural, geographical and economic connections between California and Mexico is a new exhibition that contributes to Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The show is titled “Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico 1915 – 1985,” as it takes place at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art. The LA gallery will host the works into Spring 2018.

The show is the first to fully explore the range of design and architecture dialogues that were exchanged between California and Mexico from 1915 to 1985. On display are more than 250 objects including furniture, metalwork, ceramics, costume, textiles, paintings, sculpture, architectural drawings and photographs, mural studies, posters, ephemera, and film by over 200 artists, architects, designers, and craftspeople. It is part of five exhibitions of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative presented by LACMA. The installation considers four major themes, the Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions and Modernism. These subsets explore how in both California and Mexico, design and architecture are rooted in with the concept of place; with local materials and traditions used that give rise to a culture of specificity rather than an international taste of style. Each work in the exhibition appears to find a more distinct voice via the translation of the other.

California and Mexico are connected by geography, culture, and economic ties that transcend modern political borders. For countless years, people have moved back and forth between the two locations, bringing objects, styles, and images whose meanings were shared as well as altered. “Found in Translation demonstrates LACMA’s on going commitment to Latin American art from the pre-Hispanic period to the present day,” said LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. “This ground breaking exhibition highlights the unique strength of an encyclopedic museum. Curators from many different departments contributed to the catalog and advised on object selection, from works of decorative arts and design, the art of the ancient Americas, and Latin American art to costume and textiles, photography, and Modern art.”

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was founded in 1965. Since then, it has been dedicated to collecting works of art that take into account both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles's uniquely diverse population. It is now the largest art museum in the western United States and houses a collection of more than 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. The gallery’s holding includes Asian art, Latin American art, and Islamic art.

“Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985” runs through April 1, 2018, at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.