I called in at the Los Angeles County Museum in order to see the exhibition of Design in California and Mexico 1915-1985, which shows the long-standing and deep interconnections between Californian and Mexican culture, beginning with the Spanish Colonial Style, much of which was actually based on copying buildings in Mexico. See, for example, the attached photograph of a street in Mexico by Lutah Maria Riggs and her subsequent architectural design for a house in Santa Barbara, described (wrongly) as ‘A Bit of Andalusia’:-



I particularly loved the clips of Reyner Banham Loves LA which shows him fully bearded (and unexpectedly driving) eulogising the neo-colonial style.

There’s a massive and beautifully produced catalogue.


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