Mar 29, 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
John L. Santikos Auditorium
Ticket Price: Free with admission
Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985 was a groundbreaking exhibition about design dialogues between California and Mexico, presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of art last year. Drawing from the exhibition, its curator will explore two themes particularly resonate for an audience in Texas the Spanish Colonial and Pre-Hispanic revivals. Architecture, furnishings, clothing, and graphic design in these styles helped shape values and identity in both California and Mexico. Parallel examples in San Antonio, such as the restoration of the Missions and the 1926 Aztec Theater, will also be discussed.
Wendy Kaplan has been at LACMA since 2001. Previously, she held curatorial positions at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami, Glasgow Museums in Scotland, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A leading expert on late 19th- and 20th-century design, she has authored, co-authored, or edited many books on the subject such as California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way (2011), The Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe and America: Design for the Modern World (2004), Leading "The Simple Life": The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain (1999), Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1996), Designing Modernity: The Arts of Reform and Persuasion, 1885-1945 (1995), The Arts and Crafts Movement (1991; French edition 1999), and The Art that is Life: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America (1987; reprint 1998), as well as organized major exhibitions on these subjects.
Together with LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan, she was co-curator for the 2013 exhibition The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA. Her latest project at LACMA was the exhibition Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985, which she co-curated; she also edited and contributed to the accompanying catalogue. The recipient of many fellowships, most notably the Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome,she has also twice received the prize for the year's most outstanding publication given by the Art Libraries Society of North America. In 2012, California Design received the award for Best Architecture or Design Show from the International Association of Art Critics-United States Section, and in 2019, Found in Translation won the College Art Association award for the most distinguished museum publication.San Antonio Museum of Art (john_s_auditorium)
Photo: David Klein for TWA, Los Angeles, mid-1960s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Martha and Bruce Karsh in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary, © Estate of David Klein, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA