The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s latest artistic offering won’t be found within the walls of the museum — or even the city boundaries. The museum is teaming up with a travel agency to offer a four-day trip to Mexico City in October to study the art and architecture of Mexico’s capital.
The museum has organized past trips to destinations such as Germany and Los Angeles, but this will be its first to Mexico City and the first open to the public.
The price includes hotel accommodations, ground transportation, some meals and entrance fees. As the trip will focus on the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragan, the cost also will include a $50 donation to the Barragan Foundation.
Barragan is regarded as the father of Mexican architecture, famous for his simple designs and bright colors often seen in contemporary Mexican homes and buildings.
Painted Desert Art and Cultural Tours, has organized six previous tours, but this is its first with the museum.
Painted Desert’s Bonnie Lewis said previous visits to Mexico City have impressed participants.
“Everybody goes home and does something with their house — paints a wall bright pink,” she said.
The tour will be led by Barragan scholars, a Mexico City architecture professor, Arizona State University architecture professor Max Underwood and museum director Susan Krane.
Krane said the tour would be different than what a typical tourist might take, with opportunities to meet artists and architects in their studios.
“The casual exchange of ideas and perspectives — and the cumulative energy of the group — makes these adventures very special,” she said. “We all learn to see more, and to see more deeply, from each other.”
Mexico City blends emerging artists and architects with the historical context of the city, Krane said.
“There is simply nothing that compares to the perspective of a place whose legacy stretches from pre-Columbian sites, to imposing colonial plazas, to art deco districts, to spectacular modern and contemporary design,” she said.
If you go
What: Art and Architecture Tour of Mexico City
When: Oct. 18- 22
Where: Mexico City, Mexico
Cost: $1,685 for SMoCA Salon Members; $1,895 for nonmembers. Airfare not included
Info: Call Painted Desert Art and Cultural Tours at (480) 991-6994 or visit www.painteddesert.com