Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson

265 South Church Avenue | Tucson, AZ 85701

 

Schools can choose from two tour options during the 2018-19 school year. All tours at MOCA Tucson are held Tuesday and Thursday at either 10:00 am or 1:00 pm. See below for descriptions.

Tour Option #1: Blessed Be: Contemporary Art and the Occult

Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality and the Occult in Contemporary Art draws from a lifetime fascination with ritual, cult mentality, and humans’ need to belong and participate. While many minimalists outwardly rejected the notion of the spiritual, it oozes through their work in the form of Rothko’s Chapel, Sol Lewitt and David Tremlett’s “The Chapel of Barolo” or Ellsworth Kelly’s recently completed “Austin”. These artists’ attempts to build their own sacred spaces, places for contemplation and “slow looking” become a new church for the religion-less. Flocks of people pilgrimage each year to Marfa or the Spiral Jetty like so many travelers to Mecca or the Vatican. “Blessed Be” raises questions for viewers about the liminal spaces that exist between the sacred and the prosaic, celebrating contemporary artists as our visionaries.

Availability: September 15, 2018 – December 29, 2018
Max. Group Size: 
50 per tour
Grades: K-12
Tour Length: 60 minutes

Tour Option #2: Dazzle Camouflage

In celebration of the advent of dazzle camouflage in World War I, MOCA Tucson presents an expansive, museum-wide exhibition exploring the influence dazzle camouflage has had over design and art of the past one hundred years. Invented by British artist Norman Wilkinson in 1917, dazzle camouflage has been appropriated by popular culture in recent decades, from the release of Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark’s 1983 concept album “Dazzle Ships” and 1980s Italian design and architecture studio The Memphis Group, to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and contemporary artists working today across the globe. This exhibition raises awareness of this important style of painting and design to diverse audiences, while presenting new, site-specific work created by contemporary artists Natalie Lanese, Sofie Ramos, and Miho Shimizu informed by dazzle camouflage. Further, MOCA Tucson’s Great Hall will be transformed into an immersive dazzle ship with video and sound components created and performed by OMD.

Availability: January 19, 2019 – April 13, 2019
Max. Group Size: 
50 per tour
Grades: K-12
Tour Length: 60 minutes

Additional Information

Lunch Options: Food and drink are not allowed in the museum.

Parking: Metered parking (accepts both cash and card) is available in front of the Museum on McCormick St., and east of the Museum on Stone Ave. Paid parking is available in the Convention Center lot across Church Ave. and in the La Placita parking garage on Church Ave near Broadway Blvd. Free two-hour parking is available in the Barrio Viejo where Church Ave. becomes Convent Ave. across Cushing St.

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