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

VIRTUAL: Picturing 2020: A Community Reflects

David Hockney, Henry at a Table, 1976, Lithograph

September 26, 2020 – March 28, 2021

The year 2020 is a watershed moment for Tucson and the world. The coronavirus pandemic has affected every country across the world; the resulting economic instability and impoverishment continues to ravage the working class; brutal incidents of systemic racial violence against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many other QT+BIPOC inspired a sweeping movement for racial justice; and a highly-charged political climate still advances into a presidential election this fall.

Picturing 2020: A Community Reflects features works by more than 150 artists from Southern Arizona that depict our local community’s myriad experiences with the destabilizing events of this year. Despite the differences in medium and style, many of these artworks share common themes related to feelings of isolation, frustration, longing, and hope.

Although it is often said that art reflects the time in which it was created, its meaning can also change over time when seen through a new lens. With this in mind, curators selected works from the UAMA’s permanent collection to include in response to submitted artworks. How do these artworks echo the themes of the local community and take on new relevance today?

The events of this year highlight vulnerabilities and deep inequities in our community, but also show our immense resiliency and capacity to dream of something new. We hope this exhibition inspires a sense of community through shared experiences.

Image: David Hockney, Henry at a Table, 1976, Lithograph, Museum Purchase with Funds Provided By the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund