An upcoming exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will survey the design dialogue between California and Mexico during the twentieth century, featuring more than 250 pieces including furniture, murals, graphic design, textiles, architectural drawings, photographs, and films by over 200 artists, architects, designers, and artists. Structured around four central themes—Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism—Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 will explore how modern and anti-modern design movements defined the intertwined history of the two locales.
Showcasing a selection of works from celebrated architects such as Richard Neutra, Luis Barragán, Charles and Ray Eames, and John Lautner, the exhibit will examine how the relationship between California and Mexico shaped the material culture of each place, conveying the potential for art and culture to spread in spite of physical borders and political conflicts.
“Found in Translation demonstrates LACMA’s ongoing commitment to Latin American art from the pre-Hispanic period to the present day,” said LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan. “This groundbreaking exhibition highlights the unique strength of an encyclopedic museum. Curators from many different departments leveraged their expertise to contribute to the catalogue and advise on object selection, from works of decorative arts and design, art of the ancient Americas, and Latin American art to costume and textiles, photography, and Modern art.”
Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 will debut on September 17 and run through April 1 at LACMA’s Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion.