rebeca méndez selects exhibition
cooper hewitt, smithsonian design museum
oct 5, 2018 - jun 16, 2019
as guest curator of the exhibition in cooper hewitt, smithsonian design museum’s acclaimed “selects” series, artist and designer rebeca méndez investigates the interaction of humanity, nature, design, and science. the installation 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. méndez evokes the tensions arising from humankind’s conflicting impulses towards nature. animated with the sounds and images of bird life, rebeca méndez “selects” invites visitors to consider how culture, design, technology, and the natural world have converged throughout history.
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