Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Junípero Serra in Mexico: Five Missions in the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro

 Junípero Serra in Mexico 

Five Missions in the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro

statue of Junípero Serra (Santa Cruz de Querétaro)
Twenty Thirteen marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Father Junípero Serra, known as the Apostle of California.  Prior to his pioneering work among the missions of Alta and Baja California, Father Serra was instrumental in establishing and building a group of missions in the remote Sierra Gorda region (Querétaro) of central Mexico.

Tilaco angel by Jeff Becom
These lesser known churches, noted for their spectacular painted and sculpted "folk baroque" fronts, are the subject of a traveling exhibit by photographer Jeff Becom, a specialist in capturing the colorful architecture of the Americas.
Taken before the veiling of these facades with protective black netting, these photographs accurately capture the details and hues of the original reliefs.

The exhibit will include a suite of original drawings of the Sierra Gorda missions by your editor, Richard Perry.

Entitled Junípero Serra in Mexico: Five Missions in the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro, the show will open in Santa Barbara, California on Saturday, February 2nd at the historic Casa de la Guerra and run through April 28.

There will be a grand public reception on Thursday, March 7th, from 5 to 8 pm with free admission


  1. Delighted to know about this very important show!

  2. Hi Richard,
    I am an architecture student from the University of Westminster in London and I have been assigned to do a presentation on the Church of Tilaco. I was browsing the net and stumbled upon your blog which appears relevant to my subject matter though unfortunately I can not view the exhibition. I was wondering if you have any information on this particular church. I am currently in the RIBA library which is the main architectural library in London sifting through journals and the odd book with no luck.
    The net has proved useful for initial research but I do require more substantial information.
    Your help would be greatly appreciated.