How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney's Latin America & Latin America's Disney

Investigating the reception and reuse of the imagery of one of the world’s largest production companies, How to Read El Pato Pascual explores the prevalent presence of Walt Disney in Latin America and accompanies the exhibition at the MAK Center and that the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

Examined through artworks as well as vernacular objects and documentary material, the book considers Disney’s engagement within Latin America, extending from Donald Duck’s first featured role, the 1937 Mexican-themed short Don Donald, to the 2013 attempt to copyright the Day of the Dead.

The reach and influence of Disney is also examined in commissioned essays drawing on cultural studies, historical research and postcolonial theory. Included is an introduction by the editors; essays by Fabián Cereijido, Nate Harrison, Jesse Lerner, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Darlene J. Sadlier, and Carla Zaccagnini; a reprinting of the English version of Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart’s Para leer al Pato Donald (How to Read Donald Duck) from 1973, an essay that critiques Disney comics through a Marxist lens as vehicles of American cultural imperialism; Ariel Dorfman’s reflections on the book; and a checklist of works with full-color images.

Published by Black Dog, London
Editors: Jesse Lerner and Rubén Ortiz-Torres
Designed by Jorge Verdin

9 x 12 in | 304 pages
 Antena Los Ángeles (Lucy Acevedo, Allison Conner, Tupac Cruz, Jen Hofer, Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, Alexia Veytia-Rubio)

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Routine Pleasures

The Routine Pleasures publication serves as an illustrated catalogue as well as a reader that further elaborates the exhibition’s thematic tracks, with a new essay by the curator, additional new scholarly essays by Julia Bryan-Wilson and Edward Sterrett, and several reprinted texts by participants in the exhibition James Benning, Pauline Oliveros, and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer.

Featured are the works of James Benning; Jennifer Bornstein; Center for Land Use Interpretation; Harry Dodge; Manny Farber; Judy Fiskin; Magdalena Suarez Frimkess and Michael Frimkess; Galería Perdida; Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer; Simon Leung; Lucky Dragons; Roy McMakin; Carter Mull; Newspaper Reading Club; Pauline Oliveros; and Steve Roden.

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna
Edited by Michael Ned Holte
Designed by Mark Owens

4.2 x 6.4 | 224 pages

Routine Pleasures

How Many Billboards? Art In Stead

Exhibition catalog for How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, an urban exhibition that debuted 21 newly commissioned artworks by leading contemporary artists, presented simultaneously on billboards throughout Los Angeles.

This full-color publication documents and reflects upon the exhibition and its context, and includes contributions by project initiator and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer; co-curators Lisa Henry, Nizan Shaked, and Gloria Sutton; public art consultant Sara Daleiden; attorney and intellectual property expert Christine Steiner; curator, critic, and director of the Master of Public Art Studies Program: Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere at USC Joshua Decter; writer, artist and curator Janet Owen-Driggs; and artist and director of Freewaves Anne Bray. Photographs of the artworks in situ by architect Gerard Smulevich and photographer patricia parinejad are featured.

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
Edited by Peter Noever and Kimberli Meyer

168 pages

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Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design

The catalog accompanies the exhibition at the MAK Center at the Schindler House, co-curated by Kimberli Meyer and Susan Morgan, that presented the life and work of Esther McCoy (1904–1989). This project–the first ever to focus on McCoy’s life and work–recognizes an American original and affirms her unassailable role as a key figure in American modernism. “No one can write about architecture in Southern California without acknowledging her as the mother of us all,” declared Reyner Banham.

The volume highlights the extraordinary range and importance of McCoy’s work: starting in the 1930s and her activist journalism focusing on Los Angeles slum clearances; her inside view of the day-to-day workings of architect Rudolph M. Schindler’s studio; her work with popular and architectural press and the rise of innovative domestic architecture; her campaign to save Irving Gill’s 1916 Dodge House; and her always incisive stories that deliver an irresistibly compelling, first-hand view of American modernism.

The catalog is illustrated with archival images and includes essays by Meyer and Morgan and a 1984 interview with McCoy conducted by Makoto Watanabe. Sympathetic Seeing also features a special “book within a book,” a supplement tucked into the back cover, chronicling the demise of the Dodge House through letters, documents, and newspaper clippings from the Esther McCoy papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
Edited by Susan Morgan and Kimberli Meyer
Designed by Roman Jaster

8 x 10 | 144 pages

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Out of Stock: The Black Dahlia and Rudolph Schindler – A Blueprint for Murder by Crow

This publication accompanies the exhibition Plan your visit at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 2013

Weaving a fascinating story of architecture, art, politics, and Hollywood intrigue, this gripping investigation explores connections between the influential architect Rudolph Schindler and the notorious unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia.

Edits, design, and illustrations by Tucker Neel

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Out of Stock: Stephanie Taylor: Kong Boos

The Stephanie Taylor Kong Boos serves as a compilation of illustrations and sheet music to accompany the thematic tracks of the related exhibition. Featuring tales meandering from Boston to the English Channel, then over to Los Angeles, the book is composed of six songs written by artist Stephanie Taylor between 2010 and 2014.

Published by the MAK Center
Designed by artist Lincoln Tobier

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Out of Stock: Das Andere: The Other

In 1903, Adolf Loos, one of the sharpest and most influential architects and critics of the twentieth century, edited the astonishing journal Das Andere (The Other), subtitled A Journal for the Introduction of Western Culture into Austria. Only two issues were published of what is today considered one of the most important documents of modernity—a radical, at times shocking statement in which nothing was off limits, from fashion to masturbation.

The journal, a manual for modern life, was entirely written by Loos and born out of his aversion to the hypocrisy and superficial aestheticization of life in Austria, which he saw embodied by the Secession movement and the Wiener Werkstätte. As a counterbalance, Das Andere proclaimed Loos’s admiration for the fashion and culture of England and America. He scrutinizes every element of contemporary life with an acerbic wit.

This facsimile edition allows today’s readers to discover Loos’s little magazine anew, which takes us directly to the heart of his polemical position. It is accompanied by a commentary and the English translation. Beatriz Colomina supplements the facsimile with an extensive critical introduction.

Published by Lars Müller, Zurich
Edited by Beatriz Colomina with Kimberli Meyer

21 x 24 cm (8 ¼ x 9 ½ in) | 28 illustrations (facsimile), with commentary (36 pages) in transparent slipcase

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Out of Stock: Everything Loose Will Land

Exhibition catalog for Everything Loose Will Land. The exhibition and catalog explore the cross-pollination that took place between architects and artists in Los Angeles in the 1970s, a time when the autonomy of art forms yielded to convergences, collaborations, borrowings and more.

This full-color publication expands upon the exhibition and features critical essays by Sylvia Lavin, Margo Handwerker, Alex Kitnick, Suzy Newbury, Peggy Phelan, and Simon Sadler; and period documents by Robert Ballard; Reyner Banham; Billy Al Bengston; Denise Scott Brown; Judy Chicago; Barry Commoner; Peter de Bretteville; Environmental Communications; Victor Gruen and Claudia Moholy Nagy; Rem Koolhaas; Leonard Koren; Jan Martin Lester; Peter Plagens; and Bernard Tschumi.

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
Edited by Sylvia Lavin with Kimberli Meyer
Designed by Colleen Corcoran and Roman Jaster

9  x 12 | 344 pages

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Out of Stock: Urban Future Manifestos

Urban Future Manifestos includes texts by UFI fellows Marco Kusumawijaya, Urban Think Tank, Ismail Farouk, Xiangning Li, Alexia Leon, Pages (Babak Afrassiabi and Nasrin Tabatabai), and Alaa Khaled and Salwa Rashad are featured.

Other contributors include Beatriz Colomina, Teddy Cruz, Dana Cuff, Keller Easterling, Gregor Eichinger, Nnamdi Elleh, ATOPIA: Jane Harrison and David Turnbull, Zvi Hecker, Gustaff Harriman Iskander, Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Bernard Khoury, Norman Klein, Herbert Lachmayer, Rick Lowe, Mehret Mandefro, Marcos Novak, Edgar Pieterse, Travis Price, Robert Ransick, Christian Reder, Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Saskia Sassen, Felicity Scott, AbdouMaliq Simone, Edward Soja, Michael Sorkin, Jonathan Tel, Tezozomoc, Ai Wei Wei, Eyal Weizman, Lebbeus Woods.

Published by Hatje Cantz
Edited by Peter Noever and Kimberli Meyer

Designed by Axel Prichard-Schmitzberger

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