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Architecture Spotlight: Mid-Century Mexico

Locations like Southern California and Denmark receive much of the credit for mid-century modern architecture, but the modernism movement was more far-reaching. Today, we explore some of the amazing mid-century structures of Mexico, stretching from the U.S. border to Mexico City. Some of these structures have been preserved while many others are no longer in existence.

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Camino Real Hotel by Ricardo Legorreta, 1968.

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Camino Real Hotel by Ricardo Legorreta, 1968.

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Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, 1964.

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Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, 1964.

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Sculpture ‘La Familia’ by Horst Hartung, 1964.

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A home in Álvaro Obregón by Jaime Ortiz Monasteri, 1958.

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Steel framed house by Jaime López Bermúdez, 1950.

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Garita Internacional by architects Guillermo Rosell y Manuel Larrosa, 1952.

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Advertisment for Knoll Internacional de Mexico at the Colegio de México, 1961. Now destroyed.

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Justicia del Distrito Federal by Enrique del Moral, 1961. Now destroyed.

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Mercado Municipal de San Juan de los Lagos by Luis Moreno and Vicente Guerrero, 1968.

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María Isabel Sheraton Hotel by architects José Villagrán García, Juan Sordo Madaleno, and Ricardo Legorreta, 1963.

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La Capilla de Palmira by Architects Guillermo Rosell, Manuel Larrosa, and Félix Candela, 1959.

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Jockey Club in Chihuahua by Galgodromo.

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Gimnasio ‘Gustavo Díaz Ordaz’ by Manuel González Rul, 1968. Now destroyed.

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Seguros la Provincial by Augusto H Álvarez, 1967.

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Colegio de México by Manuel Rosen Morrison, 1961. Now destroyed.

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Centro Médico Nacional by Alejandro Prieto Posada, 1960.

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Auditorio Benito Juárez by Julio de la Peña, 1968.

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Sol Rojo in Coyoacán by Alexander Calder, 1968.

All photos courtesy of Una Vida Moderna.

By |September 24th, 2014| Comment

Exhibiting a Real Life ‘Mad Man’ at the Museum of the City of New York

McCauley “Mac” Conner just turned 100 years old and was proud to attend the first solo exhibition commemorating his work this month at the Museum of the City of New York. One of those original Mad Men, Conner drew up hundreds of advertising illustrations throughout the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s. It was illustrators and artists like Conner that defined an era and immortalized a way of life.

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McCauley “Mac” Conner turned 100 years old in 2013. Photo courtesy of the New York Times.

See a few examples of Conner’s work below – or better yet – if you’re in New York, drop by the exhibit and experience a bit of the mid-20th century for yourself. “Mac Conner: A New York Life” is being held at the Museum of the City of New York until January 2015.

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Illustration for “We Won’t Be Any Trouble” in Collier’s, November 13, 1953. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

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“Fill ‘er Up”, April 3, 1937. Photo courtesy of The Saturday Evening Post.

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Illustration for “The Trouble With Love” in Good Housekeeping, August 1952. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

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Illustration for “Where’s Mary Smith?” in Good Housekeeping, June 1950. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

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Illustration for “How Do You Love Me” in Woman’s Home Companion, August 1950. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

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Illustration for “Killer in the Club Car” in This Week Magazine, November 14, 1954. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

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Illustration for “Let’s Take a Trip Up the Nile” in This Week Magazine, November 5, 1950. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

By |September 23rd, 2014| Comment

Inspire Me Monday: Gettin’ Krinky

Silver Fiberglass Chairs are just one of many products and places that have been consecrated with the special KRINK touch. His signature drips can be seen anywhere from the New York streets to specialty vodka bottles. Today, let your inner artist become inspired by these everyday objects and spaces that have been transformed into works of art.

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Current exhibit at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, on display until October 5th, 2014.

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Current exhibit at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, on display until October 5th, 2014.

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Current exhibit at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, on display until October 5th, 2014.

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Absolut Limited Edition Bottles by KRINK, 2010. Photos courtesy of Graffart.

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Nike Blu House in Venice, CA – 2006. Photo courtesy of Supertouch Art.

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London street art, 2010. Photo courtesy of Street Art Utopia.

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Gatorade “Fierce Collective” Truck, 2014. Photo courtesy of Hypebeast.

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Untitled “Krinked” doors NYC, 2005. Photo courtesy of Craigcostello.org.

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Untitled, 2011, acrylic, site-specific mural. Photo courtesy of Craigcostello.org.

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The Krink Mini Cooper S commissioned by Mini. Hamburg, Germany 2009. Photo courtesy of Craigcostello.org.

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Wynwood Walls for Art Basel Miami., 2013. Photo courtesy of Craigcostello.org.

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Wynwood Walls for Art Basel Miami., 2013. Photo courtesy of Craigcostello.org.

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Untitled “Krinked” Mailboxes NYC, 2005. Photo courtesy of Craigcostello.org.

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Untitled, 2009, acrylic on wood, site-specific mural in Moscow. Photo courtesy of Craigcostello.org.

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Museum of Image and Sound. São Paulo, Brasil – 2010. Photo courtesy of Craigcostello.org.

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Coach limited-edition Passport Case, 2013. Photo courtesy of Krink.

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Untitled, 2011, acrylic, site-specific mural. Photo courtesy of Craigcostello.org.

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Hand-painted Modernica fiberglass shell chairs., 2012. Photo courtesy of Krink. Orange-Tote1

Coach limited-edition Purse, 2013. Photo courtesy of Krink.

 

By |September 22nd, 2014| Comment

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