Myth & Mirage: Inland Southern California, Birthplace of the Spanish Colonial Revival

23 Sep 2017 – 28 Jan 2018

Regular hours

10:00 – 16:00
12:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00

Cost of entry

Members, Military and their families (with ID), and Children under 12: Free
Students (with ID) and Seniors (65+ with ID): $3
General admission: $5
First Thursdays: 6-9p.m. FREE
First Sundays: (October - May), 1-4p.m FREE
On the first full wknd of each month, show your Bank of America debit /credit card, along with ID - FREE

Riverside Art Museum

California, United States


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The Spanish Colonial Revival has been part of the aesthetic fabric of Southern California for 100 years. While claiming ties to Colonial Spain and Mexico via their cultural and design traditions, the style was based largely on myth and invention.


Influenced by such diverse sources as the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and the popular Ramona novel and pageants, Californian architects and designers adapted Spanish Colonial, Mission, ecclesiastical, and native elements to create romanticized perceptions of California for a burgeoning tourism industry. The Riverside Art Museum will present the first survey of the Spanish Colonial Revival style in the architecture and the decorative arts of the Inland Empire, where this style flourished. Landmarks such as Myron Hunt's First Congregational Church of Riverside (1912–1914) and the historic Mission Inn Hotel are spectacular amalgamations of the historic and the imagined. The exhibition will use architectural and archival materials, decorative arts, paintings, and photographs to explore the style's origins and continuing popularity.

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