This new installation of pre-Columbian art presents masterful works of stone sculpture, textiles, metalwork, and ceramics created in the ancient Americas over nearly three millennia. Indigenous artists devised a range of ways to communicate important ideas about their worlds; they created lifelike portraits of rulers, represented scenes from sacred myths, used the art of writing to ground works in history, and conveyed visions of cosmic order, to name just a few. With selections from the collection of I. Michael and Beth Kasser, collection of Paul L. and Alice C. Baker, and permanent collection of the Tucson Museum of Art, these works will explore the diverse and dynamic traditions of the ancient Americas, and consider how pre-Columbian art continues to inspire artists and communities today. Additionally, the Kasser Family Wing will include a new installation of works of Colonial painting from the museum’s collections.
This exhibition is orgaized by the Tucson Museum of Art and curated by Kristopher Driggers, Schmidt Curator of Latin American Art.