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Art Institute of Chicago

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Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury

Taking its title from Clara Porset’s statement of belief that design is present in every aspect of our surroundings, this exhibition unites the works of six women artists and designers – including Porset, Anni Albers and Sheila Hicks – who visited or worked in Mexico.  Through photographs, furniture, and textiles, we see the varied ways in which the country’s cultural heritage and lifestyle informed midcentury modern design. Find out more from the Art Institute of Chicago website.

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Learning to Weave in Taxco, Mexico (1960), Sheila Hicks.

Learning to Weave in Taxco, Mexico (c. 1960), Sheila Hicks. Art Institute of Chicago. © Sheila Hicks

Study for Camino Real (1967), Anni Albers.

Study for Camino Real (1967), Anni Albers. Photo: Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art; © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2019

Untitled (S.535, Hanging Five-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form with Two Interior Spheres and One Teardrop Form) (1951), Ruth Asawa.

Untitled (S.535, Hanging Five-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form with Two Interior Spheres and One Teardrop Form) (1951), Ruth Asawa. Photo: Dan Bradica; courtesy David Zwirner; © Estate of Ruth Asawa

Butaque Chair (1955-56), Clara Porset.

Butaque chair (c. 1955–56), Clara Porset. Photo: Rodrigo Chapa; courtesy the Art Institute of CHicago

Anarquía arquitectónica en la ciudad de México (Architectural Anarchy in Mexico City) (1954; detail), Lola Álvarez Bravo.

Anarquía arquitectónica en la ciudad de México (Architectural Anarchy in Mexico City; 1954), Lola Álvarez Bravo. © Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation

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