Dear Friends of the TMA,
Art tells stories. This month, we celebrate one of the most important recorded origin stories of the Indigenous Americas, the Popol Vuh, a K’iche Maya vision of how the world began, in the exhibition Popol Vuh and the Maya Art of Storytelling. The Popol Vuh has served as inspiration for countless generations of artists, including Guatemalan modern artist Carlos Mérida, who created a series of images inspired by this sacred legend, which are now part of TMA’s growing permanent collection.
As with many other TMA exhibitions featuring collection pieces from another era alongside works by contemporary artists, Popol Vuh and the Maya Art of Storytelling was envisioned with the intention of sparking conversations – between artworks and artists, across centuries, and hopefully among visitors. I recognize and thank Dr. Kristopher Driggers, TMA’s Schmidt Curator of Latin American Art for his knowledge, extended network of artists and scholars, and interest in engaging our multi-cultural community.
Quite often, TMA’s exhibition openings extend beyond the art and include activities inspired by what’s on view. Our May First Thursday is no exception. Join us and enjoy a talk by artist Justin Favella at 5pm followed by a Family Fiesta “Favella” style. Members of the Favella family will preside over a festival of food, drink, marimba music, a piñata game, and much more.
TMA’s generous donors ensure our museum can continue to engage our diverse audiences in memorable ways. Sincere thanks to Popol Vuh and Maya Storytelling presenting sponsors Amy Adams, Kit & Dan Kimball, and Kathi & Doug Sanders with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Tucson Museum of Art’s Latin American Art Patrons. TMA’s 2022/2023 Exhibition Season has been made possible thanks to Jim & Fran Allen, Jon & Linda Ender, James & Louise Glasser, and I. Michael & Beth Kasser.
Please consider supporting TMA with a tax-deductible contribution before our current fiscal year ends on June 30. Your gifts play an essential role in helping us fulfill our mission to serve this community through the arts, as we’ve done since 1924. Thank You! DONATE HERE
Jon and Linda Ender Director and CEO
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