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TMA Exhibitions October
Sunday, October 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm MST
TMA Announces Exhibitions for October Reopening. The intersection between clothing and art will highlight the reopening of the new and renovated galleries at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block this October with two new feature exhibitions and a comprehensive reinstall of more than 400 objects from the museum’s extensive permanent collection.
The 2017-2018 season opens October 21 with Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor in the new James J. and Louise R. Glasser Galleries,and Desert Dweller, the museum’s fashion-focused exhibition, in TMA’s Green Gallery. The museum’s galleries have been closed since July 10 for renovation and expansion.
“We couldn’t be more excited about our reopening and what this means for our community and for the Tucson Museum of Art,” said TMA CEO Jeremy Mikolajczak. “These exhibitions include works by major contemporary artists of critical acclaim who use clothing as a signifier in their work, and at the same time we explore the historical significance of the leading fashion retailers and designers of Southern Arizona.”
Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor, curated by Dr. Julie Sasse, TMA’s Chief Curator and Curator of Modern, Contemporary and Latin American Art, examines clothing in art as symbols of power and identity. At once functional and aesthetic, garments are worn to protect the body from the elements, enhance the beauty of the wearer, establish rank in society, and signal to others our differences or similarities. Garments also point to interpersonal issues and conditions as well as larger societal and cultural concerns. Works in this exhibition reveal how artists use concepts and images of clothing to relay compelling messages about gender, age, ethnicity, history, profession and the world around us in general.
There will be more than 50 artists represented in the exhibition, including Christian Boltanski, Joseph Beuys, Nick Cave, Jim Dine, Robert Longo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Mosse, Catherine Opie, Ebony G. Patterson and Andy Warhol. Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor is accompanied by a 64-page catalog, produced for the exhibition and published by the museum. The exhibition will remain on view from October 21 through February 18.
Desert Dweller, guest-curated by Paula Taylor and organized by the Tucson Museum of Art, examines historical and contemporary Southern Arizona retailers and designers as the curators and innovators of style. The exhibition explores the intersection between a fierce regional identity and modern fashion trends from the 1940s to today. It encapsulates the independent spirit and fashion nuances that accompany a strong sense of place, integrating elements of street style, high fashion, and cowboy, Native American, and Mexican cultures into global fashion trends.
The exhibition, which will remain on view from October 21 through January 28, and is accompanied by a limited-edition exhibition guide, free with paid admission. Desert Dweller includes garments and ephemera from Cele Peterson, Berta Wright, Dolores Gonzales, Rochelle K, Lloyd Kiva, Alex F. Jacome, Dark Star Leather, the Patania family, Ted DeGrazia, and Desert Vintage. There will be photographs in the exhibition by New York-based celebrity and portrait photographer Henny Garfunkel, as well as Puspa Lohmeyer, Steven Meckler, and many others.
In addition to the new feature exhibitions, the Tucson Museum of Art will unveil its newly redesigned collection galleries, highlighting significant holdings in the museum’s permanent collection. With 15 dedicated galleries, the new installation will feature a fresh interpretation and format of the museum’s collection areas – Contemporary, Modern, Native American, Western, Asian and Latin American Folk art – as well as an enhanced commitment to regional artists and art of the Southwest.
Among the works on view are exquisitely crafted folk art and pre-Columbian art from Latin America, a rare ceramic vase from the Yuan Dynasty, master paintings and prints from Europe, regional art of the American West, a growing contemporary collection, and Native American pottery and textiles. Highlights include works by Oscar E. Berninghaus, Fernando Botero, John Chamberlain, Gregory Crewdson, Arthur Dove, Jane Hammond, Marsden Hartley, Maria Martinez, Ed Ruscha, Joyce J. Scott, Miriam Shapiro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Emmi Whitehorse; with recent acquisitions going on view for the first time at TMA by Adolphe William Bouguereau, James Drake, and Tomás Saraceno.
The museum’s renovation and expansion is one of the main objectives of the first phase of TMA/100: A Vision for the 21st Century, the museum’s capital campaign launched last fall. The museum collects in the areas of Modern and Contemporary art, Latin American, Western, Native American and Asian art, and Folk Art of the Americas. Its permanent collection now exceeds 9,000 objects housed on the TMA campus. Additional space for the collection is part of the renovation.
“We believe TMA/100: A vision for the 21st century campaign reflects our vision for TMA to serve as a leading 21st-century regional museum and our commitment to those who share our passion for art, culture, and history of the Southwest,” Mikolajczak said. “The campaign is a responsible and sustainable investment in the museum that increases access to exhibitions and educational programs and promotes the core of the museum’s vision of Discover. Experience. Connect.”
Major support for the 2017 – 2018 exhibition season is provided by the Connie Hillman Family Foundation, I. Michael and Beth Kasser, Anne Y. Snodgrass, BMO Private Bank, AC Hotel Tucson. Generous support for the reinstallation of the collection galleries is provided by the James J. and Louise R. Glasser, Frank and Jean Hamilton, Mary Jo Brown, Jon and Linda Ender, Paul and Alice Baker, Joyce Broan, Burt Lazar, Latin American Art Patrons, Contemporary Art Society, and Linda Caplan.
The museum is located at 140 N. Main Avenue in historic downtown Tucson at the crossroads of West Alameda Street and North Main Avenue. Parking is free in the museum’s lot on West Washington Street.
July 10, 2017 through October15, 2017
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Free First Thursday @ TMA: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free admission for all, make, drink, and explore.
Second SundAZe: Family Day @ TMA, Sponsored by The Stonewall Foundation: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free admission for Arizona and Sonora, Mexico residents every second Sunday of the month. Art-making activities and music. Fun for all ages.
Beginning October 21, 2017
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free First Thursday @ TMA: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free admission for all, make, drink, and explore.
Second SundAZe: Family Day @ TMA, Sponsored by The Stonewall Foundation: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free admission for Arizona and Sonora, Mexico residents every second Sunday of the month. Art-making activities and music. Fun for all ages.
July 10, 2017 through October15, 2017:
Free admission to historic properties. Galleries closed for renovations.
Beginning October 24, 2017:
Adults, $12; Senior (65+), $10; Student (with college ID), $7; Youth (13-17), $7; Child (12 and under), free; Veteran and active military with ID, free; Museum Member, Free.
The intersection between clothing and art will be on display when the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block presents Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor as the feature exhibition in the renovated galleries in October.
The exhibition, curated by Dr. Julie Sasse, TMA’s Chief Curator and Curator of Modern, Contemporary, and Latin American Art, opens on October 21, when TMA’s main museum galleries reopen after a summer of renovation and expansion.
“Clothing has been an important element of existence since the beginning of humankind,” Sasse said. “Artists from all eras have incorporated images of apparel in their works to impart information about the wearer, to establish time and place, and to address issues about human experience.”
The exhibition examines clothing as symbols of power and identity, and reveals how artists use concepts and images of clothing to relay messages about gender, age, ethnicity, history and the world in general.
“Conceived out of necessity and spurred by the imagination, garments continually change with the conventions of the time,” Sasse said. “What I find exciting is the variety of ways that contemporary artists acknowledge the symbolic power of dress to express themselves and comment on society.”
More than 50 artists will be represented in the exhibition, including Christian Boltanski, Joseph Beuys, Nick Cave, Jim Dine, Robert Longo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Mosse, Catherine Opie, Ebony G. Patterson, and Andy Warhol.
The exhibition will remain on view from October 21 through February 18 and will include a number of educational events and workshops with artists:
• There will be a curator’s tour with Sasse on October 21 at 1 p.m.
• On November 9 at 5:30 p.m., the public can attend a conversation with artist Sama Alshaibi, who will discuss her artistic process with Sasse.
• Second SundAZe on November 12 will have interactive stations in the galleries, and the public can create wearable art and discover how clothing influences society.
• On December 15, exhibition artist Béatrice Coron will conduct a workshop where attendees can learn about her paper cuts and how she uses this technique to create wearable art. Participants will be able to make their own scarf, paper pop up, and cut paper at the workshop. The cost for the workshop is $45.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 64-page catalog, produced for the exhibition and published by the museum, available for purchase in the museum store.
About the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s mission is Connecting Art to Life. The Museum was founded in 1924 in the El Presidio Historic District of downtown Tucson. It is Southern Arizona’s premier presenter of fine art and art education programs.
The museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary, Native American, American West, Latin American, and Asian art. The 74,000-square-foot museum offers guided tours, education programs, and studio art classes in a contemporary building. The museum’s Historic Block of 19th and 20th C. adobe and Mission Revival-style buildings, encompassing an entire four-acre city block, includes the John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art, displaying the museum’s notable art of the American West collection, the highly acclaimed museum restaurant Café a la C’Art, and additional exhibition and studio spaces. For more information, please visit www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org or call (520) 624-2333. Follow the latest events on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. TMA is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization.
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