Rebeca Méndez


LACMA Artist and Curator-led Walkthrough of West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975-1995

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Rebeca Méndez, artist and designer, and Staci Steinberger, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, leads a private walkthrough of _West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975-1995. Drawn entirely from LACMA’s growing collection of graphic design, this exhibition examines the field’s transformation during these decades. Questioning the rigid ruled of modernism, designers pressed for greater autonomy for their work just as dizzying advances in technology upended design and production processes.

10 Questions – What is Time?


Watch Rebeca Méndez, designer and media artist; James Newton, composer, flutist, conductor; Asma Sayeed, scholar of Islamic studies; Scott Waugh, UCLA executive vice chancellor and provost lecture about Time at a UCLA lecture series called 10 Questions.

Rebeca Méndez Selects: Cooper Hewitt Museum


Designer, artist, and educator Rebeca Méndez is the 17th guest curator of the Selects series, for which designers, artists, writers, and cultural figures are invited to mine and interpret the permanent collection. Winner of the 2012 National Design Award for Communication Design, Rebeca Méndez was born in Mexico and is the founder of Los Angeles-based Rebeca Méndez Design. For her installation, Méndez draws on the tragic history of Aztec ruler Moctezuma II’s private aviary to reflect on birds as sources of design inspiration and scientific study, as well as victims of climate change and human avarice. Selecting design objects from Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection, bird specimens from the National Museum of Natural History, and rare books from the Smithsonian Libraries, Méndez evokes the tensions arising from humankind’s conflicting impulses towards nature.