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FOUND IN TRANSLATION: DESIGN IN CALIFORNIA AND MEXICO 1915-1985 (2017)

WENDY KAPLAN
LOS ANGELES, 2017


Publisher: LA County Museum of Art
Edited By: Wendy Kaplan
Building: Hardback
Dimensions: 25,5 x 31cm
Language: English
Pages: 360

This groundbreaking book looks at the influence California and Mexico have had one another’s architecture and design in the 20th century. The histories of Mexico and the United States have been intertwined since the 18th century, when both were colonies of European empires. America’s captivation with Mexican culture arose in the 19th century and continues to this day. In turn, Mexico looked to the U.S. as a model of modernity, its roads and high-rise buildings emblematic of "The American Way of Life." Discovering the design movements that defined both localities during the 20th century, this book is arranged into four sections: Spanish Colonial inspiration, Pre-Hispanic Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism. The volume features essays by leading scholars and illustrations of over 300 works by architects and designers including Richard Neutra, Luis Barragán, Charles and Ray Eames, and Clara Porset. The word translation originally meant "to bring or carry across." The constant migration between California and Mexico has produced cultures of depth and density, while the transfers of people and materials that began with centuries-old trade routes continue to vibrate in modern society.