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'Found in Translation' explores the beautiful design links between California and Mexico

'Found in Translation' explores the beautiful design links between California and Mexico
The photograph of a house in Mexico, circa 1966, is included in the exhibition "Found in Translation." (Photo by Fernando and Roberto Luna, courtesy of Fernando Luna)

Los Angeles design fans will enjoy "Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico 1915-1985" for what is familiar — architectural drawings of Union Station from 1936 — and surprising — a tiny Frida Kahlo jade, amethyst, quartz and gold necklace that was owned by actress Paulette Goddard.

Like the 2011 exhibition "California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way," the new show, which opened Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, highlights the best of California design through more than 250 objects.

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This time, however, as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, the emphasis is on how Mexico and California shaped each other's identity.

Highlights include Antonio Peñafiel's Neo-Zapotec piano from 1895, John Lautner's drawings of the Chemosphere House in the Hollywood Hills from 1960, a TWA poster from the mid-1960s, a colorful mosaic by Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman and Cynthia Sargent's classic Scarlotti rug from 1969.

The exhibition includes furniture, posters, ceramics, costumes and more.
The exhibition includes furniture, posters, ceramics, costumes and more. (Lisa Boone)

What: "Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico 1915-1985"

Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m; Fridays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Wednesdays. Through April 1.

Info: lacma.org

Twitter: @lisaboone19

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