Tucson Museum of Art Launches New Contemporary Photography Fund with Inaugural Acquisition of Alia Ali’s Interstellar, FLUX Series, 2021
July 20, 2021
Tucson, AZ – Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) Jon and Linda Ender Director and CEO Jeremy Mikolajczak announced today that four longtime donors – Patricia Carr Morgan and Peter F. Salomon, Kenneth J. and Judith H. Riskind – have established a dedicated Contemporary Photography Fund to continue TMA’s focus on acquisition, research, operational support, and exhibition of this medium.
According to Mikolajczak, “This new public fund has two strategic objectives: build a collection of world-class, regionally significant contemporary photography and represent the works of diverse communities, cultures, identities, and perspectives incorporating new technologies and formats.”
Kenneth Riskind, a founding member of the Contemporary Photography Fund, said, “The founding group members are thrilled to provide the seed money to create this new public Fund. We see an exciting future with new acquisitions, artists, and exhibits that attract new visitors to TMA.” Riskind added that anybody can donate any amount to the Contemporary Photography Fund, helping to support speaker forums, visiting artist conversations, scholarly research, education modules, preservation, and special events focusing on contemporary photography.
Interstellar, FLUX, the Fund’s first acquisition by internationally acclaimed multi-media artist Alia Ali is a bellwether of this new TMA initiative. According to CEO Mikolajczak, Interstellar will go on view this October with a forthcoming project with Ali slated for fall of 2022.
Alia Ali (1985) is a Yemeni-Bosnian-US multi-media artist. She has traveled to sixty-seven countries, lived in and between seven, and grown up among ﬁve languages. Her works communicate through photography, video, and installation, with collections at Princeton University, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the British Museum, among others.
The Contemporary Photography Fund focuses on photography created from the 1970s forward. There are currently 512 photographic works by 80 artists in TMA’s permanent collection. Since 1952, TMA has hosted more than 20 dedicated photography exhibitions. As a result of acquisition endowments and fundraising, the museum’s Contemporary Art collection has expanded to nearly 1,500 works including paintings, sculpture, photography, and video.
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IMAGE: Alia Ali, Interstellar, from the “FLUX Series,” 2021, pigment print on photo rag 310 gsm. with UV protective laminate mounted on aluminum dibond in wooden frame upholstered with wax print, edition 2 of 5 + 1AP + 1 EP, 49 x 35 x 3 in. Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Museum Purchase. Funds provided by TMA Contemporary Photography Fund. 2021.15
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