Through 1996–1997, I routinely visited Mexico City's Lagunilla market to haggle with a vendor who had a cache of 1968 baubles. Being a grad student, I could afford few trinkets, but eventually I acquired the Lance Wyman–designed embossed treasures of an ashtray and some pins. During that same period, I photographed the 1968 student activists' reimaginings of Wyman's Olympic logos to challenge the ruling regime. These finds and images, however, were quixotically overshadowed by tours that I took with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) School of Architecture grad students. Having a limited architectural vocabulary in either English or Spanish, I learned the great architects and their projects. Over time, I came to recognize their work and their detailing without reading the plaques that adorn buildings in Mexico listing the names of architects (and civil engineers) and hailing their genius. Reading...
Elaine Carey; Spectacular Mexico: Design, Propaganda, and the 1968 Olympics. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2015; 95 (4): 698–699. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-3161679
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