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

Event Starts: Sun , Feb 18, 2018 , 10:30am PST

Event Ends: Sun , Feb 18, 2018 , 11:30am PST

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On view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until April 1, 2018, 'Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 19151985' is a groundbreaking examination of design dialogues between California and Mexico. This presentation explores the exhibitions four main themesSpanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernismto illuminate how modern and anti-modern design movements defined both locales throughout the twentieth century. Half of the shows more than 250 objects are devoted to architecture: drawings, photographs, mural studies, and films convey the unique sense of place that characterized Californias and Mexicos buildings. The other major focus is design: furniture, ceramics, metalwork, and graphic design.

The exhibition highlights the role of prominent figures such as Richard Neutra, Luis Barragn, Charles and Ray Eames, and Clara Porset while also introducing the contributions of less familiar practitioners. All created objects and buildings that helped shape values and identity. Their work is placed in context: the Mexican Revolution, the Panama-California Exposition, the Chicano movement, the Mexico 68 and the Los Angeles 84 Olympics are among the many historical events between 1915 and 1985 illuminated by objects produced in response.

The constant migration between California and Mexico has produced cultures of great richness and complexity, while the transfers of people and materials that began with centuries-old trade routes continue to resonate in modern society, creating synergies that are found in translation.

Presented by Wendy Kaplan, Department Head and Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the museum's North Parking Lot.