Desert Dweller, guest-curated by Paula Taylor and organized by the Tucson Museum of Art, examines historical and contemporary Southern Arizona retailers and designers as the curators and innovators of style. The exhibition explores the intersection between a fierce regional identity and modern fashion trends from the 1940s to today. It encapsulates the independent spirit and fashion nuances that accompany a strong sense of place, integrating elements of street style, high fashion, and cowboy, Native American, and Mexican cultures into global fashion trends.
Desert Dweller includes garments and ephemera from Cele Peterson, Berta Wright, Dolores Gonzales, Rochelle K, Lloyd Kiva, Alex F. Jacome, Dark Star Leather, the Patania family, Ted DeGrazia, and Desert Vintage. There will be photographs in the exhibition by New York-based celebrity and portrait photographer Henny Garfunkel, as well Puspa Lohmeyer, Steven Meckler, and many others.
Desert Dweller at the Tucson Museum of Art is made possible in part by the Museum’s 2017/2018 Exhibition Season Sponsors: Connie Hillman Family Foundation, I. Michael and Beth Kasser, Anne Y. Snodgrass, BMO Private Bank, and AC Hotel Tucson.