California Mexicana: Missions to Murals

Ferdinand Deppe, San Gabriel Mission, oil on canvas, c. 1832.

The Laguna Art Museum has been exhibiting, California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930, from October 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018. Visit it today to see it before it closes! We loved this show that celebrated Latin American artwork among many California institutions via the collaborative program Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Diego Rivera’s reproduction mural that was featured at the 1925 First Pan-American Exhibition of Oil Paintings.


Edgar Payne’s mural discovered at 1935 New Lynn Theatre, now the Laguna South Coast Cinema.

Here is the exhibition overview: Artistic and cultural exchange between California and Mexico has flourished since the time when California was part of the United States of Mexico. The exhibition highlights this vital aspect of the state’s history through a panorama of works by artists on both sides of the border, from scenes of mission and rancho life through images of romantic Old California, to the emergence of a cross-border modern art scene.

This exhibition is curated by Professor Katherine E. Manthorne, The Graduate Center, CUNY, assisted by Professor Alberto Nulman, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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