Trav­el­ogue: Grand Des­ti­na­tions and Per­sonal Jour­neys

Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art presents a new ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cused on far­away and grand places.

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Tuc­son, AZ

On May 13 the Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art opened the new ex­hi­bi­tion Trav­el­ogue: Grand Des­ti­na­tions and Per­sonal Jour­neys fea­tur­ing 80 works of art ded­i­cated to travel. The show, co-cu­rated by Dr. Julie Sasse, chief cu­ra­tor, and Chris­tine Brindza, se­nior cu­ra­tor, is meant to en­tice with im­agery of pop­u­lar and ex­otic lo­ca­tions from around the world. There will be works of art that show Europe and the Mid­dle East, as well as a strong fo­cus on the Amer­i­can West.

The ma­jor­ity of the pieces in the show come straight from the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, and when de­cid­ing on how to best show the works in a co­he­sive theme Sasse and Brindza were struck by the many des­ti­na­tions that ap­peared in the works. “We came across a theme that we thought would be fun for the sum­mer and still have an in­ter­est­ing flair,” says Brindza. “It shows how artists would go to these

far-flung places and cre­ate vis­ual di­aries of the places that they’ve been. They’d of­ten take paint kits or cam­eras or dif­fer­ent ephemera, or write post­cards, and take them back with them to their stu­dios and cre­ate fi­nal works.”

Im­agery of the Amer­i­can West makes up about half of the show, and hones in on places such as the Grand Canyon and Yel­low­stone. The show fea­tures his­toric and con­tem­po­rary works, as well as mul­ti­ple pieces of the same des­ti­na­tions. “We have them all within the same mu­seum space, cre­at­ing new con­ver­sa­tions about how artists will trav­els to the places,” Brindza ex­plains. “We have a Thomas Moran litho­graph of the Grand Canyon next to a con­tem­po­rary piece of the Grand Canyon. It’s cre­at­ing new con­ver­sa­tions be­tween not only the older and newer pieces, but how artists con­tinue to go to these land­marks.”

Along with those two Grand Canyon pieces will be a win­ter scene of the il­lus­tri­ous des­ti­na­tion by Clark Hul­ings and Peter Hol­brook’s Isis Tem­ple and Colon­nade, which is a more fo­cused take on the ter­rain.

There also will be works on view by John Mix Stan­ley that show West­ern ex­pan­sion and ex­plo­ration through the rail­road, as well as pieces by Eanger Irv­ing Couse and Fre­mont El­lis that de­pict life in the South­west.

Trav­el­ogue re­mains on view through Septem­ber 29.

Shel­don Par­sons (1866-1943), At Po­jaque, 1914, oil on wood, 24⅜ x 36½”. Col­lec­tion of the Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art. Gift from the col­lec­tion of Drs. Mark and Kath­leen Sublette. 2005.21.1.

Lavaun “L.B.” Cur­tis (19051990), Gra­ham Moun­tain from Cen­tral Ari­zona, ca. 1930, oil on can­vas, 20¼ x 24”. Col­lec­tion of Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art. Gift of Hilda and Don Dick­er­man through ex­change. 2008.8.1.

Fritz Kaeser (1910-1990), Ran­chos de Taos Mis­sion, 1942, gelatin sil­ver print, 9¼ x 12¼”. Col­lec­tion of the Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art. Gift of the artist. 1986.5.5.

Peter G. Hol­brook (1940-2016), Isis Tem­ple and Colon­nade, 1995, oil on can­vas, 30 x 45”. Col­lec­tion of the Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art. Vir­ginia John­son Fund. 1995.48. © Peter G. Hol­brook.

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