Located in Tucson, Arizona, the Tucson Museum of Art encourages visitors to connect art to their daily lives. The El Presidio Historic District has been the home of various families including the Romero and Corbett families since the 1800s. In 1924 the Tucson Fine Arts Association founded a museum in the Kingan House, which is in the El Presidio Historic District.
Then, in 1954 the Tucson Fine Arts Association decided to rename the museum to the Tucson Art Center, AZ.
The association had expanded the museum’s educational programs, mission, and exhibits. So, it was fitting to change the name of the museum. In 1975 the museum’s trustees and board of directors decided to completely renovate the location of the museum, as well as change the name again. In that year, the historic properties of La Casa Cordova, Edward Nye Fish House, Romero House, J. Knox Corbett House, and Stevens/Duffield House were renovated to fit the expanding art collections of what became the Tucson Museum of Art. Today, the Tucson Museum of Art continues to expand in terms of building and art. The museum is fully committed to providing the public with an in-depth look at how art influences our daily lives.
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.
Although the Tucson Museum of Art is home to an array of permanent attractions, the majority of the museum’s art displays are special attractions. Since special attractions are continuously interchanging at the Tucson Museum of Art, simply go to the museum’s website to view an updated list of special attractions. But, to give you an idea of the typical special attractions that the museum houses, here are a few of the current special attractions.
The New Westward: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles that Move the Modern West features art from various artists that displays the impact that new transportation had on the West. This exhibit will be on display until February 12, 2017.
Poetic Minimalism is another special attraction at the Tucson Museum of Art. This exhibit examines how artists, who lived in older generations than the time when minimalism developed in the United States, interpreted minimalism and put a personal and poetic spin on it. This exhibit is available until July 23, 2017.
Education is extremely important to the Tucson Museum of Art. The museum has specialized in-depth tours that give visitors a chance to learn extensive knowledge about various exhibits. Visitors even have the chance of scheduling a one-on-one private tour, where a tour guide personally accompanies you throughout the museum. Other educational programs include an array of classes and an on-site research library. It is important to note that the research library is open on Tuesday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm, and the first Sunday of every month by appointment only.
140 N Main Ave, Tucson, AZ