Tucson Collects: Spirit of the West
Spirit of the West weaves together many of the aesthetic threads of different cultures and customs that through time have contributed to the rich tapestry known as the American West.
The visual history of this region, as viewed through western paintings, bronze sculptures, highly ornamental cowboy, cowgirl, and Caballero outfits, photographs, hand-tooled saddles, Native American traditional arts, custom-made boots, cowboy hats, bits, spurs, and other material objects, are presented as colorful manifestations of the unique look and feel of the American West, a truly distinctive aesthetic unto itself.
Spirit of the West is being co-curated by Tucson Museum of Art’s new James and Louise Glasser Curator, Art of the American West, Christine Brindza, and CEO, Robert Knight, along with the assistance of the TMA’s Western Art Patrons. From the beginning, the intention was to draw upon the extensive knowledge of this special curatorial team of art collectors, asking them to help select the best, most compelling examples of western art from Tucson collections. The result is an exhibition that reflects the breadth of Western high style, from objects rooted in the historical legacy of the region through its more contemporary Western expressions.
Major funding provided by:
Additional support from:
Western Art Patrons
Amy and Bob Adams
Harry George and Cita Scott
Larry and Florence Adamson
Bank of America
M & I Wealth Management/Harris Private Bank
Lodge on the Desert