Rebeca Méndez


Rebeca Méndez Selects: Cooper Hewitt Museum


Designer, artist, and educator Rebeca Méndez is the 17th guest curator of the Selects series, for which designers, artists, writers, and cultural figures are invited to mine and interpret the permanent collection. Winner of the 2012 National Design Award for Communication Design, Rebeca Méndez was born in Mexico and is the founder of Los Angeles-based Rebeca Méndez Design. For her installation, Méndez 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. Selecting design objects from Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection, bird specimens from the National Museum of Natural History, and rare books from the Smithsonian Libraries, Méndez evokes the tensions arising from humankind’s conflicting impulses towards nature.

LACMA West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975-1995


Rebeca Méndez exhibits three of her works as a part of LACMA’s Graphic Design Initiative, an interdepartmental project spearheaded by the Decorative Arts and Design and the Prints and Drawings departments. The initiative was established in 2014 with the goals of systematically building a graphic design collection, organizing exhibitions and programs around the subject, and integrating graphic design into larger narratives of international art and design history.

17th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE)


Rebeca was invited to participate in the 17th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition by professor and CIIPE co-director John Gravadahl. The 17th CIIPE hosted by the Department of Art in the School of the Arts at Colorado State University features works of top poster artists and designers worldwide. Now in its 32nd year, the biennial event is the only exhibition of its kind in the United States. The main exhibition will open September 16 and run through October 13 with the display divided between the Clara Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts Building and the Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center. Both venues are on the main CSU campus. Rebeca’s entry Circumpolar #1 received the 1st prize.

Getting Upper, Group exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art


Getting Upper Group exhibition. May 15–September 4, 2011. The exhibition shows a collection of 26 silkscreen prints of an experimental alphabet printed at Bloom Press in Oakland and will be exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art Curator: Amos Klausner. The 26 artists include Lisa Anne Auerbach, Katie Hanburger, Gail Swanlund, and Michael Worthington. Méndez’s artwork for the letter ‘R’ is titled: … … R … R R, 2011. See Imprint Review

Rebeca Méndez in group exhibition ‘Design Journeys: You Are Here’ at AIGA National Design Gallery, New York

The “Design Journeys-You Are Here”:/ project seeks to achieve both—by not only celebrating the lives and achievements of 25 selected practitioners, but also encouraging aspiring designers from all backgrounds to consider design as a viable and rewarding career. The resulting show, an interactive exhibition open to the public, will be on display at the AIGA National Design Center May 20 through July 23.