Arizona Arts

Ongoing • In Gallagher Gallery

Contemporary Art Gallery

This exhibition features a variety of works from the UAMA’ contemporary art collection that reflect on themes related to religion, social justice and other pressing issues of the past thirty years.


Robert H. Colescott, Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, 1991, Acrylic on canvas, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund


Highlights include recent acquisitions Drop Me Off in Harlem by David Shrobe, Man on Fire by Alejandro Macias, and …Run as fast as you will, escape if you can, you are the quarry, fate is the hunter… by Karlito Miller Espinosa.

Hung Liu’s Still Life, made in the years following the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre, depicts a young man on a hunger strike seated before a panel of soldiers, while Jane Hammond’s The Hagiography of This Moment uses a church altarpiece format to portray a tongue-in-cheek message.

Other artists featured in the exhibition are Robert Colescott, Luis Jiménez, Margo Humphrey and Edgar Heap of Birds. Although made by different individuals with unique experiences, these artists all use their work as a means to memorialize and to comment on important topics of our world.