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Sunnylands Lecture: “Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado”

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Sunnylands Lecture:

Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado

Tomás Morado Imploración   Sunnylands
 Sunnylands Fountain

Presented by Anne Rowe

Join us on Wednesday, January 10th for the lecture Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado with Anne Rowe, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Sunnylands Center. Curator Anne Rowe travelled to Mexico in 2015 to learn more about the Chávez Morado brothers from whom the Annenbergs commissioned their monumental fountain for Sunnylands in 1968. The result is an exhibition currently on view at Sunnylands featuring art never before seen outside Mexico. Ms. Rowe will present the story of the fountain and will interpret the fascinating symbols imbedded in the artworks in the exhibition. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).

Anne RoweThe Annenbergs first brought the artistry of the Chávez Morado brothers to Rancho Mirage in 1968, less than a year after the couple went on vacation to Mexico to see the country’s modern museums and architecture. They returned with the idea of installing a copy of El Paraguas in the entry court of Sunnylands and commissioned a 20-foot, half-scale version of the fountain from the National Museum of Anthropology’s architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez. He enlisted the Chávez Morado brothers to create a new column for the Annenbergs’ palatial, Mayan-themed home in the Southern California desert.

Recognized as world-class art collectors, Walter and Leonore Annenberg acquired paintings and sculptures by many renowned artists. Their private collection, some of which is now on display at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, included sculpture by Auguste Rodin, Yaacov Agam, Alberto Giacometti, and others. Their priceless collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Paul Gauguin, were donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City upon Walter Annenberg’s death in 2002.

In 2001, Walter and Leonore Annenberg established The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands to “address serious issues facing the nation and the world community.” They envisioned Sunnylands as a place where intimate and solution-driven meetings could take place as they had while the couple was alive. They specified that the Trust provide a way for the public to learn about the historical significance of Sunnylands.

Since opening Sunnylands in 2012, the trustees and staff have created what the Annenbergs envisioned. The 200-acre estate and historic residence is providing a place of tranquility and hospitality where national and international leaders convene to "promote world peace and facilitate international agreement." In that same time, more than half a million visitors have enjoyed Sunnylands Center & Gardens and its offerings.

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