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Image features a small copper brooch in the form of a lobster, the patinated surface in tones of bright copper to warm brown. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Rebajes: A Life Made of Copper
In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2019), this week’s Object Of The Day posts celebrate Latinx designers’ works in the collection. This post was originally published on July 6, 2017. In 1922, Francisco Torres arrived in New York on a steam ship from his hometown of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, at...
Practicing at the Boundaries: Where Design, Science, and Cultures Meet
Written by Rebeca Méndez Since I can remember, I have always spent hours observing nature, asking “Why do living things and physical phenomena take the form they do? What are the essential mechanisms of nature?” I was born and raised in Mexico City by parents educated as chemical engineers. They taught me to see the...
Image features poster asymmetrically bisected into two separate color fields, featuring white egg on red-orange ground at right, with uneven black splotches gravitating towards (or emanating from) it; white ground at left, with black text at top left. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Hatching Good Design
Today’s Object of the Day is on view in Rebeca Méndez Selects (October 5, 2018–June 16, 2019) Produced by renowned American graphic designer Paul Rand, this poster announces the 1966 International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA). Rand is known for his influential contributions to the advertising industry, including his logos for IBM, Westinghouse, ABC, and...
Image features a small copper brooch in the form of a lobster, the patinated surface in tones of bright copper to warm brown. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Rebajes: A Life Made of Copper
In 1922, Francisco Torres arrived in New York on a steam ship from his hometown of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, at the age of sixteen. Despite being an unaccompanied minor, he convinced immigration authorities to allow him to enter the United States by speaking the fluent English he learned from a native Virgin Islander living...