The Tucson Museum of Art has a dense list of permanent attractions that range from rare pieces of literature to art from various regions in the world.
Rare Books and Manuscripts is divided among different time periods and types of literature, such as early books, pre-Columbian art and archaeology, and Mexican art. This attraction is home to some of the earliest research on pre-Columbian art and Native American art. The foundation and continuation of this attraction is mainly due to the generous donations from people such as Lee and Pam Parry, Frederick Pleasants, and Lotte Reyersbach.
Art of the American West explores how art represented various lifestyle factors of the American West, such as influential individuals, geography, and culture. One of the highlighted parts of this permanent attraction is the collection of Native American art.
Art of Latin America features pre-Columbian art that explores what life was like for Native Americans before the Spanish interfered. Some of the featured art pieces in this attraction are “Stela” and “Feline Head Fragment”.
Modern and Contemporary Art showcases art from the early 1970s to current day. This exhibit began when the Lawrence J. Heller Collection of European and American Modernists donated 92 pieces of art to the Tucson Museum of Art. Today, this exhibit features art from various renowned artists such as Arthur Dove, Max Weber, and Marino Marini.
Pre-Columbian Art displays approximately 600 objects that represent over 3,000 years of history in Mesoamerica, the Intermediate Area, and Central Andean region. One of the great things about this permanent attraction is that it is available online. So, if you don’t have the chance to visit the Tucson Museum of Art, simply explore this exhibit on the museum’s website. Photo: Tucson Museum of Art
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