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Free First Thursday

July 5 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the opening of two new exhibitions and be among the first to experience the “Arizona Biennial 2018,” which features 85 works by 70 Arizona-based artists, as well as “James G. Davis: A Tribute,” an exhibition honoring the legacy of the late Tucson artist.

Admission to the museum will be free from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and the evening will feature live music by The Surfbroads from 5:30 – 7:30 PM as well as on-going performances by Arizona Biennial 2018 Artists Malena Barnhard and YeRin Kim. Museum members are invited to the TMA Sculpture Garden from 5:00 to 6:00 PM for a special happy hour, for more information please click here.

A cash bar serving beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available.

This event is sponsored by Will & Jax Realtors.


About the performances:
“Philosopher of social control and ASU curator Grant Vetter along with artist and art historian of Kitsch, Steve Hampton, will be explaining the social, political and aesthetic implications of the 2018 Arizona Biennial. Acting in a performative refrain as ‘men’ they will be available for comment and commentary as part of the ongoing project by Malena Barnhart, The Mansplaining Help Desk.”

YeRin Kim’s “PeopleScape” is a live performance experiment documenting how humans interact with each other. The rippling effect ephemeral emotions create within the social group is depicted in this piece. “PeopleScape” is the artist’s spin on group social phycology into contemporary art.

Tucson-based The Surfbroads is not so much a band as it is a visual and sonic experience. Imagine the classic twang and reverb-drenched sound of ‘60s surf rock. Now add some ‘70s rock snarl and a little “Uma Theremin”—an illuminated, electronic instrument that lives inside a mannequin torso. Stir in some guitar, bass, drums and put it all to a collection of reimagined covers from rock icons like The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Bowie, and Nirvana. What have you got? A retro, lounge dance party hosted by none other than The Surfbroads.


About the exhibitions:
The oldest running state-wide juried exhibition featuring exclusively Arizona artists, Arizona Biennial 2018 will be on view at the Tucson Museum of Art July 6 – September 16, 2018. The work juried into the exhibition was selected by guest juror Rebecca R. Hart, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum.

The paintings and works on paper by Tucson artist James G. Davis (1938-2016) are personal narratives that rely on autobiography for their inspiration. Dark and mysterious, Davis’s works are imbued with an inexplicable sense of impending doom, yet wryly humorous in their conveyance of familial drama. The intentional uneasiness in his interior scenes derives from his claustrophobic spaces, while the tension in his figurative works set in nature are apparent in the juxtaposition of the figure to land or sea. Davis was a long-time resident of the Rancho Linda Vista artist community in Oracle, Arizona. This exhibition will present some of his iconic paintings and graphics spanning four decades.


Image credit; Dominique Martinez, “Still,” detail, 2017, pigment on paper, 13.5 x 18 x 1. Courtesy of the Artist.


July 5
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States