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
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.
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.