Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado

14 Sep 2017 – 30 May 2018

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Thursday – Sunday, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm.

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On a trip to Mexico City in 1967, Walter and Leonore Annenberg encountered the monumental 40-foot bronze fountain on the patio of the Museo Nacional de Antropología.


The column with its relief depicting the history of Mexico from the ancient past to the twentieth century captivated the Annenbergs. They commissioned brothers José and Tomás Chávez Morado to create a nearly half-scale fountain of the same design for Sunnylands, their Mayan-inspired home in Rancho Mirage, California. Incorporating this narrative column at Sunnylands paralleled a trend occurring in Mexico where modern architects sought contemporary Mesoamerican-inspired works to complement their sleek new buildings. The Chávez Morado brothers were among an elite group of artists working alongside these architects to rebuild Mexico City at midcentury. Carved Narrative will be the first exhibition in the United States to explore the collaborative and individual work of the Chávez Morado brothers.

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