Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Sunnylands Celebrates Mexican Artists With ‘Carved Narrative’ | BH Courier

Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Sunnylands Celebrates Mexican Artists With ‘Carved Narrative’

Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017 – 12:27 PM

The vibrant colors and rich images of Mexican art forge a link between Mexico City and the city of Rancho Mirage this fall with a free exhibition entitled “Carved Narrative,” being held at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Thursdays through Sundays through next June 3.

Featured are the brother artists Jose and Tomas Chavez Morado, spotlighting one of Mexico’s more famous works of art: the monumental fountain known as “The Umbrella” that stands outside Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology.

While the fountain named “El Paraguas” is famous, what is less known is that a half-scale replica of the 40-foot original was commissioned by Sir Walter and Leonore Annenbreg, and installed at Sunnylands in 1968 with the assistance of the Morado brothers.

In addition to “The Umbrella,” the prolific Morados were part of an elite group of artists, reshaping Mexico City in preparation for the 1968 Olympics.

This first joint exhibition features 16 paintings by Jose and 21 sculptures by Tomas and is the first exhibition to jointly display the brothers’ work outside their homeland.

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One of the annual rites of fall is coming to Sunnylands for the fourth straight year as host of “CV Days of Los Muertos.”

Incorporating the traditions of Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican day of remembrance honoring the lives of deceased family members, cultural organizations throughout the Valley are inviting the public to observe the holiday through a series of events and activities during the months of October and November.

At Sunnylands Center & Gardens, altars designed by nonprofit groups and strands of decorative paper crafts will be on display on the great lawn during regular opening hours.

Special activities are scheduled throughout the day on Friday, Nov. 3, when Sunnylands will extend its hours to 8 p.m. Visitors may take part in craft-making projects involving the monarch butterfly and paper skull masks. They can also express their wishes for the future on colorful “before I die” strips and hang them in the gardens.

Guests are also invited to drop into a printmaking workshop to create their own Dia de los Muertos print and see a performance by Danza Azteca Xochipilli.

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It won’t be hell that freezes over, but the second annual outdoor ice skating on real ice, at the River in Rancho Mirage.

Beginning Nov. 21, The Renova Rink will be open to everyone for a fee of $15 and, if you need ice skates, don’t worry; the $15 fee includes skate rental.

The River is located at 71-800 Highway 111 (corner of Bob Hop Drive). More information is at 760-341-2711.