The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Museum Events

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October 22 – December 17, 2018

UAMA members are invited to attend an exclusive lecture series with Curator of Exhibitions Olivia Miller.

Lectures will be held on Mondays on the dates below and last from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Each will provide an overview of a major movement in art history and include a special viewing of objects from the Museum’s permanent collection.

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October 22 | The Beginnings: An Introduction to Prehistoric Art
This lecture will examine some of the earliest evidence of human creativity. Made before the invention of writing, these images of animals, humans and abstract designs offer a starting point with which to understand civilizations that came long before ours.

November 26 | The Greco-Roman World: An (Extremely) Abridged Tale
The influence of the Greco-Roman world can still be found in our everyday lives. This condensed lecture will examine the ideals of beauty in the Greco-Roman world and how art served functional, religious and propagandistic purposes. Participants will look at some of the most recognizable works and monuments, as well as explore some of the lesser known – but no less incredible – works of art.

December 17 | The Age of Cathedrals: An Introduction to Romanesque & Gothic Art
For some time, the Dark Ages was a term used to identify the Middle Ages – the era following the end of the Roman Empire. As this lecture will demonstrate, it was not a dark age for artistic production. Far from it, it was a time of incredible innovation that birthed some of the most iconic works of architecture, painting and sculpture.

January 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Kevin Byrne, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies, discusses the historical and racial symbols of a fictional martial conflict used by Frohawk Two Feathers (Umar Rashid) in his playful yet damning exhibition: What is the color, when black is burned? The Gold War. Part 1. Through outdated iconography, centuries-old visual styles, and elaborately anachronistic titles, Two Feathers encapsulates the racism, annihilation, enslavement, greed, and murder of any colonialist project of the past or present, and how such imperfect destruction allows for a rebellious and violent response.

The talk comes with the cost of admission: $8 for adults; $6.50 for Seniors 65+; and free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children.

January 24, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

This free event will be held at the Center for Creative Photography. Please RSVP below.

Could one person make an electric toaster from scratch? Could a human take a holiday from being a human by becoming a goat? No, and no. But designer Thomas Thwaites uses his attempts at these impossible tasks to traverse and link diverse topics in economics, philosophy, science and its history. He will talk about his work – The Toaster Project – and his recent attempt to become a goat, as well as a prospective project at University of Arizona Museum of Art.


February 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.” – Liam Callanan, Writer

Each of carry within us a memory, a poignant story of a member of our family: mother, grandmother, father, aunt, sister and/or brother. It’s that nagging story or moment in time that won’t let you go. These moments are crying out to be written, recorded and told. Don’t let the story slip into a place of forgetting.

Genetic research has proven that we carry the memories and trauma of our ancestors within our gene sequences. In other words, each of carry within us an ancestral remembering. Cristina D. Ramirez defines ancestral remembering as an ungraspable knowing of who we are in relation to our ancestral past. Writing about our family’s history and family life stories helps us to grasp or tap into the roots of who we are and where we come from. Ironically, these stories can also give us direction in where we are going.

In this family history writing workshop, Ramírez will present her own writing project about her maternal grandmother, Ramona González, who was a published writer in an influential Chicano literary journal in the 1970s, and who wrote the stories of her childhood home – a border barrio in El Paso, Texas. Bridging her own research with the writing workshop, Ramírez will guide workshop attendees in:

  • creative ways to pinpoint the event and memory to write about,
  • basic tips on writing down the moment, event or even glimpse of a memory,
  • starting the group composing the story with writing time,
  • a poetry writing lesson (you will leave with a short poem).

Ramírez is an Associate Professor of English in Rhetoric and Composition and the Teaching of English at the University of Arizona. She is a twenty-four year veteran writing teacher, having taught in Texas public schools to university and graduate level classes. Ramírez identifies as a bilingual (Spanish/English) feminist rhetorical recovery scholar, specializing in the recovery of women’s hidden voices. In spring 2017, she received the UA Social Behavioral Sciences Research Fellow award for the family history project she will be presenting in this workshop. Her second and latest book, Mestiza Rhetorics: An Anthology of Mexicana Activism in the Spanish Language Press, 1870-1922, is forthcoming in September 2019 from Southern Illinois University Press.

Writing level: Novice – Intermediate Writers

Bring to the workshop: Pictures, recipes, journals, newspaper clippings, any family item(s)

Entry comes with the cost of admission: $8 for adults; $6.50 for Seniors 65+; and free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children.

February 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Joela Jacobs is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona and the founder of the Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network. She earned her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago, and her research focuses on the intersections of 19th-21st century German literature with Animal Studies, Environmental Humanities, Jewish Studies, the History of Sexuality, and the History of Science. Several of her recent and forthcoming articles engage with plants, on topics such as “Crimes Against Nature,” “Plant Parenthood,” “Eden’s Heirs,” and “Phytopoetics.” She is currently working on a monograph, entitled Animal, Vegetal, Marginal: Being (Non)Human in German Modernist Grotesques, in which plants are agents in the creation and disruption of human identity (re)production.

The talk comes with the cost of admission: $8 for adults; $6.50 for Seniors 65+; and free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children.