‘Babies’ on the move to Mexico after nearly five years in downtown art pit

Originally scheduled to leave after 20 months, the pieces stayed much longer. Now, the artist responsible for them is placing them in a museum show. It’s uncertain whether they will return.
“The Babies” as they were being installed in Downtown Palm Springs in 2018. (Photo: Hohmann Fine Art)

After nearly five years moving around the art pit between the Kimpton Rowan Hotel and the Palm Springs Art Museum, “The Babies” are moving out of town.

Driving the news: Christian Hohmann, who operates a main gallery in Palm Desert and a showroom in the courtyard near the hotel, said this week the 10 large fiberglass pieces by artist David Cerny will be headed to Mexico. 

  • Hohmann, who represents Cerny, and developer Michael Braun, who is hoping to someday build something where the pit is, collaborated to place the artwork there in 2018. The pieces drew both raves and rants, with some labeling them “creepy.”
  • Originally scheduled to leave after 20 months, the pieces stayed for nearly five years. Now, Cerny is getting “a large museum solo show” at the Tijuana Cultural Center, Hohmann said, and the babies will be displayed there.

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Looking ahead: “Cerny also just opened his own museum, so it is not clear at this time whether we can have the babies back at the end of the exhibition,” Hohmann said. 

  • A 30-minute documentary on Cerny, screened recently at The Annenberg Theater, will debut in June when the exhibition in Tijuana opens. Scroll down the page here if you’d like to see the trailer.

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