The Tucson Museum of Art announces 2012-2013 season of dazzling art exhibitions
July 19, 2012 – Tucson, AZ – The Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) is proud to announce its 2012-2013 season of original and travelling art exhibitions. Beginning on October 6, 2012 with the opening of Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty, The Shape of Things, and Henri Matisse, the new season includes many works from the museum’s unique and varied permanent collection as well as numerous outstanding masterpieces on loan to the TMA. In January, the museum will showcase three more exhibitions, including Desert Grasslands, Feminina: Images of the Feminine from Latin America, and Elements in Western Art: Water, Fire, Air, and Earth. Furthermore, continuing its long and spirited tradition, the TMA will present an El Nacimiento display during the Christmas season.
TMA CEO Robert Knight says, “We are excited about our upcoming season; there is a really nice balance to this year’s programs – a little something for everyone. The exhibitions have great range, from a major 50-year retrospective of Tucson’s own Barbara Rogers, to the mastery of a great artist like Henri Matisse, or to a special exhibition of contemporary artists who shape their canvases, instead of their canvases shaping their art. We believe these, and the other exhibitions and educational programs we have planned for next year, help us fulfill our mission of connecting art to the life of our community.”
Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty
A Fifty-Year Retrospective
October 6, 2012 – January 13, 2013
This exhibition traces the artistic evolution of the paintings of Arizona artist Barbara Rogers from her early photorealistic figurative work to her current abstractions which meld real and fantastical plant forms to express her guiding principle, “the imperative of beauty.”
The Shape of Things
Four Decades of Paintings and Sculpture
October 6, 2012 – January 6, 2013
The shaped canvas became the dominant form of abstract painting in the 1960s. A hybrid of painting and sculpture, the shaped canvas reveals the desire by painters to move into real space instead of creating an illusion of perceived reality. This exhibition presents both paintings and sculptures that focus on shape and form as a major element of abstraction.
The Pasiphaé Series and other Works on Paper
October 6, 2012 – January 20, 2013
The Pasiphaé series of linoleum block prints is based on the Greek myth about the origins of the Minotaur. These works respond not only to the tale’s tragedy but to universal themes of passion, feminine beauty, and love.
Art + the Machine
October 13, 2012 – July 14, 2013
Art + the Machine looks at the relationship between art and technology through paintings and works on paper from the Tucson Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Focusing on images of cars, motorcycles, helicopters and other various tools and machines, this exhibition reveals how commonplace machines have become in contemporary life.
November 17, 2012 – June 1, 2013
Begun in 1979, the Nacimiento display at TMA is Southern Arizona’s largest Nacimiento presentation. The glow of a myriad of tiny lights binds the multifaceted collection of Biblical scenes into a festive celebration of the Christmas season.
Works by Michael P. Berman, Kate Breakey,Stephen Capra, MF Cardamone, Dornith Doherty, Matilda Essig, Deborah Springstead Ford, Moira Marti Geoffrion, Heather Green, Michael Haykin, Ben Johnson
Karen Kitchel, Mark Klett, Mayme Kratz, Joseph Scheer, Stephen Strom, and David Taylor
January 26, 2013 – July 7, 2013
Responding to the fascinating biomes of Western desert grasslands, these artists create intimate and expansive photographs, flatbed scans, resin works, and paintings of the flora and fauna that makes up these unique regions. This exhibition is part of the Desert Initiative Project: Desert 1, a multi-state visual collaboration.
Feminina: Images of the Feminine from Latin America
January 26, 2013 – September 14, 2013
This exhibition focuses on representations of the feminine, both sacred and profane, throughout Latin America and over the course of several centuries.
Elements in Western Art: Water, Fire, Air, and Earth
January 26, 2013 – June 14, 2013
Diverse and meaningful stories can be told about art of the American West through representations of the elements water, fire, air, and earth. These artistic interpretations reflect the unique cultural and spiritual characteristics of the West.
Han and Beyond – The Renaissance of China: The James Conley Collection
With more than 100 works from 3,000 B.C. to the Qing Dynasty in 1911, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view objects from nearly 5,000 years of China’s creativity.
All exhibitions will take place at:
The Tucson Museum of Art
140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors (ages 65+), $5 college students with ID, FREE for youth 18 and under, Active Military and Veterans with ID, and Members.
Memberships: Beginning at $40 (Discounts for students and seniors available)
About The Tucson Museum of Art
Connecting art to life, The Tucson Museum of Art inspires discovery, creativity, and cultural understanding through meaningful, engaging exhibitions and experiences. At the crossroads of west Alameda and north Main Avenue, the museum includes five historic houses, an education center, and a Research Library and features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Asian Art. The museum also provides tours, education programs, studio art classes, and a Museum Store to delight and educate visitors. The Tucson Museum of Art is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The first Sunday of each month is free.