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Noguchi / Abelardo Rodriguez Market, Mexico City

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Abelardo Rodriguez Market (1934), Mexico City

The market in 1934. It was a post-revolutionary progressive model which included social areas, day care and had a goal to bring art to the people.Source:  Portal Academico
Diego Rivera curated the art program. Murals were painted by his students and visiting artists.
A wood sculpture in the lobby. Unfortunately, I have no idea who the artist is.
Fresco murals by American artist,Marion Greenwood, 1935
Marion working on the mural Source: Archives of American Art
Her mural leads upstairs. At this time Isamu Noguchi came to Mexico City, apparently in a car (a Hudson) lent to him by his friend, Buckminster Fuller. Marion and her sister helped Noguchi get a wall commission in the market by convincing Diego Rivera to let him join the project. More information on this is included in Marion's interview at the Archives of American Art
Noguchi and Marion went way back. In 1929, Isamu made a bust of Marion out of cast iron. The only one he did in iron.

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Tapio Wirkkala, Fornasetti, and fiber
Pipsan Saarinen Swanson
Bauhaus/Hippie

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Weekend / Stuff

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Eames with Girard
Smalls

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UNAM / Mexico City

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The Central Library (1952) at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) by Juan O’ Gorman, with Gustavo Saavedra amd Juan Martínez de Velasco. Mario Pani and Enrique del Moral created the UNAM campus master plan. Over 60 architects were involved in designing the campus.   
UNAM was built on the site of the Xitle volcano, which erupted around 100 AD. Lava rocks from the volcano were used in in the construction. The sprawling campus is monumental in scale--in that cold modernist sort of way.
The Rectorate Tower (1952) by Mario Pani, with Enrique del Moral and Salvador Ortega

Mural byDavid Alfaro Siqueiros
El Pabellón de Rayos Cósmicos (1951) by Félix Candela, with Jorge González Reyna
It was built as a Neutron measurement laboratory. Now it seems more like a hangout.
Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) (2008) by Teodoro González de León


The Sculpture Space is an incredible collection of large-scale works from the 1970s and 80s.  It's a bit of a hike.
Hersúa
Helen Escobedo

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Tackett / Thursday

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From a 2011 LAMA sale

Luis Barragán / La Casa

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Casa Luis Barragán is the former house and studio of architect Luis Barragán in Mexico City. It was completed in 1948 and Barragán lived there until he died in 1988. This is the front hall to the house. A Mathias Goeritz painting hangs at the top of the stairs.

Soledad  Barragán lived alone

The garden
The stairs lead to a private office. That's another Mathias Goeritz painting.

Vision In Motion by  László Moholy-Nagy

One of two reproduction Josef Albers paintings owned by Barragán. Albers and Barragán met on a number occasions and had mutal admiration for each other's work. Apparently, Albers even knew of the reproductions. The Henry Moore sculpture (limited edition) is a Pritzker Prize, which was awarded to Barragán in 1980. There's the other one.

Barragán designed most of the furnishings, including this Butaque chair, which was a collaboration with Clara Porset.


Upstairs

Another Goeritz in Barragán's bedroom. <