Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions

Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions
Photograph: Courtesy William and Merrily Karges Jules Tavernier, Carmel Mission on San Carlos Day, 1875. Oil on canvas

Treat yourself to a cultural staycation at the The Huntington for a rare glimpse of a deeply influential, yet cryptic character from California history. Through a vast and delicately curated collection of relics, this unprecedented exhibition will commemorate Junípero Serra and the 300-year-long legacy he created through the founding of his missions. Rare paintings documenting Serra's early life, first-person narratives by descendants of the missions and contemporary art pieces created expressly for the exhibition compile a mere fraction of the 250 objects on display (which all come from lenders in the US, Mexico, and Spain). The exhibition opens August 17 and will remain on view until January 6. Consult the Huntington website for a schedule of special Serra-centric lectures, workshops and events.

By: Amanda Montell

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