Talk: Sun and Shadow: Imagining Los Angeles and Mexico City, c. 1950

1 pm | Sat, December 9, 2017
Brown Auditorium

By the 1940s, Los Angeles and Mexico City—places related by history, each formerly of modest size and influence—were well on their way to becoming the sprawling, modern metropolises that they are today. Like large cities everywhere but, for various reasons, even more so than most, each was a place filled and activated as much by human emotion (longing, loss, nostalgia, fear, hope, and desire) as by buildings, streets, policy, commerce, or data. As much as they were shaped in brick and mortar, each in turn shaped the dreams of architects, planners, writers, artists, filmmakers, and citizens of all stripes. As cities of the imagination, both became cultural capitals of international consequence. Analyzing some of the ways these places were conceived just before and after World War II, this presentation by Keith Eggener will compare two remarkable urban entities during a period of extraordinary growth and transition. 

Keith Eggener is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon. He has published books and essays on art, architecture, landscape, urban design, cinema, photography, and material culture, primarily of 20th-century Mexico and the United States. He is a columnist for Places and editor of The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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Image: Dirección General de Turismo, Mexico: The Great Metropolis (detail), c. 1950, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Decorative Arts and Design Deaccession Fund, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

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