One of the most anticipated design exhibitions of this season, its title is borrowed from a quote by the leading designer and a political exile from Cuba Clara Porset who suggested: "There is design in everything…in a cloud…in a wall…in a chair…in the sea…in the sand…in a pot," when describing the material culture of Mexico. The exhibition examines the creative processes of six women designers, including Mexican photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo; German émigré Anni Albers who visited in Mexico and famously saw the local landscape and architecture as a vital source of inspiration; Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa, whose looped-wire baskets were based on a technique she learnt in Mexico; and Cynthia Sargent who moved to Mexico City from New York in 1951, where, together with her husband, produced textiles and rugs in their weaving workshop.
Above: Cynthia Sargent. Bartok, designed 1955/60, produced about 1967. Ardis Berghoff Collection, in memory of Georgia Beros Berghoff, SAIC ’52. Photography: © The Art Institute of Chicago.