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

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January 28 – April 29, 2019

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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January 28 | The Dawn of the Renaissance
The early modern period in Europe was a time of great innovation and imagination. In this lecture we will explore the functions of art and patronage and what gave rise to this era of creative energy. In addition, we will see how ideas were transferred and manifested differently throughout the continent. Members will have the exclusive opportunity to see original engravings and woodcuts from UAMA’s permanent collection by Renaissance masters Albrecht Dürer, Hendrik Goltzius and Lucas Cranach.

February 25 | Saints, Sinners & Heroes: An Introduction to Baroque Art
Often characterized by dramatic movement, lighting and subject matter, artwork from the Baroque era can be just as quiet and restrained. This talk will shed light on how the Counter-Reformation movement affected artistic outcomes and how artists incorporated the “dramatic” in different ways. Members will get to experience works by Baroque masters Jusepe de Ribera, Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn.

March 25 | The Neoclassical Spirit
In this lecture we will explore the Neoclassical Age, where The French Academy – partially inspired by the rediscovery of the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum – encouraged artists to yet again turn to ancient Rome for intellectual and artistic inspiration. We will have works by Canaletto and Giovanni Batista Piranesi on view for this lecture.

April 29 | The Age of Romanticism
The spring lecture series ends with a talk on the ways that nature – with its extreme power, overwhelming beauty, and ability to instill both fear and awe – inspired artists during the 19th century. In contrast to Enlightenment views on rationality and order, Romanticism focused on the individuality of the artist, imagination, and the combined beauty and terror of the sublime. Members will have the exclusive opportunity to view prints by Francisco Goya, Henry Fuseli and Eugène Delacroix.

February 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Join the Museum in celebrating the exhibition 6 & 6 – open December 22, 2018 through March 31, 2019.

6 & 6 is the result of a transdisciplinary experiment that began over three years ago when Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers (N-Gen) invited six artists and six scientists to merge their views. Their work, both individually and collectively, connects people with the Sonoran Desert – across borders, and between distinct disciplines.

This reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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

To showcase life in the Sonoran Desert, the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers (N-Gen) Arts and Science Initiative forged a collaboration between artists and scientists. Six artists and six scientists were paired together to foster cross-pollination in research methods and to create a shared vision. The 6 & 6 exhibition is the manifestation of their collaborative research that depicts life in the Sonoran Desert and articulates a sense of place. This lecture will be presented by three artist/scientist pairs from the collaboration.

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.

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March 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

The UAMA Leadership Council invites you to an exclusive, pre-conservation viewing of Willem de Kooning’s Woman-Ochre – stolen from the Museum in 1985 and recovered in 2017.

Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Programming will include musical entertainment by the Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble and performances by the UA School of Dance.

Tickets are $95.00 for Museum members; $125.00 for non-members. Non-members who purchase tickets before March 1 will receive a one-year Museum membership.

Please RSVP to Angela Telesco at (520) 626-7187 or

A special thanks to our sponsors: Café à la C’Art, Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails and The Carriage House, Feast, and Hacienda del Sol

March 30, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children and their favorite adults are invited to join UAMA for a day of artist-led activities, gallery tours, live music, treasure hunts and more!

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Community-mural painting with artist Mel “Melo” Dominguez
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Drop-in drumming with local musician Quiahuitl Villegas
12 – 2 p.m. | Reptile meet-and-greet with Taylor Edwards
10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. | Storytime with Caroline

This event is free for children, Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, and visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID. For all others, the event is included in the cost of admission: $8 for adults and $6.50 for Seniors 65+.

March 31, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Join us for this talk by Barbara Rogers, Professor Emeritus of Painting and Drawing in the UA School of Art and among the artists featured in our Botanical Relations exhibition.

For architects, designers, engineers and artists like Barbara Rogers, the tendril is inspiration for dynamic curves and Baroque edges and lines. For desert dwellers, the sight of a green tendril is a sign of hope, fecundity and the presence of water.

Scientists are just now discovering the incredible forces in nature that help shape a small, delicate and straight stem into a tendril that curves dramatically – thereby attaching itself to something stronger. When the tendril ages and becomes a vine, it can grow sturdy enough to climb toward the sun.

To Rogers, the tendril is a beautiful sign of both life and the power of natural adaptation that encourage life forms to constantly evolve.

Image: Barbara Rogers, Hothouse Hybrids #14, 2013, Oil on Canvas

April 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

A visit to the art museum is always made better by a friend who likes to have fun, and fictional art critic Maria Denolt is ready to be that friend. In Best Wishes for Worst Times, Maria will introduce you to six artworks which demonstrate principles central to art history — and time travel. Mixing art history with art fantasy, the self-titled “art critic, lecturer, and lofty person” will share insights into the prehistory of art, the nature of time, and health hazards of abstract art. A campy take on the traditional docent-led tour, Best Wishes for Worst Times encourages viewers to seek personal, creative connections to the art museum.

Dani Lamorte is a Tucson-based artist & archivist. Since 2012, Dani has performed as Maria Denolt – an art critic, lecturer, “lofty person” – who engages contemporary art as an open-ended adventure into the absurd.

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.

April 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Stephanie Troutman is a Black feminist scholar, a first-generation college student, a mother and an activist. Drawing on Black feminist techniques from the work of contemporary scholars and theorists such as Christina Sharpe, Nicole Fleetwood and Kara Keeling, she will engage with the exhibition F***nism, which features works for, by and about women. Troutman’s talk will examine the intersection of race and gender in order to think through the multiple ways that art might reflect or refract socio-emotional dynamics and race relations between and among women.

Troutman is the Assistant Professor of Emerging Literacies in the Rhetoric, Composition and Teaching of English program in the English Department at the University of Arizona. She received a dual PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and Women’s Studies from Pennsylvania State University. A former high school and middle grades public school teacher, Troutman is a scholar-activist who has been recognized across a variety of community and campus spaces for her mentorship, student advocacy, and social justice leadership. She is the recipient of numerous awards for student advocacy and for her work in campus diversity and multicultural outcomes and initiatives.

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.

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