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In the Footsteps of Father Junípero Serra, 1750-1758: The Five Folk-Baroque Mission Churches of Mexico’s Sierra Gorda

Mora Chapel Gallery
August 21, 2009 - March 21, 2010

“In the Footsteps of Father Serra” features 40 color photographs by Jeffrey Becom and 10 pen & ink drawings by Richard Perry.

For two centuries, the rugged Sierra Gorda in central Mexico resisted colonization and evangelization. Fifteen years before Father Serra began founding what eventually grew into a chain of twenty-one Alta California missions, he and companion Franciscans successfully developed a “new method” there, with an architectural dimension that combined Roman Catholic imagery and native motifs cherished by their indigenous converts.The resulting five mission “sermons in stucco and stone” created by native artisans are unique in the New World. They have recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. –Dr. Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Curator

Carmel Mission hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-5:00, Sundays 10:30-5:00
3080 Rio Road, Carmel, (831) 624-1271, ext. 4.

This exhibition will travel through 2013, the 300th anniversary of Father Serra’s birth. For bookings, contact

Mission Church in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda