Travelogue: Grand Destinations and Personal Journeys
Tucson Museum of Art presents a new exhibition focused on faraway and grand places.
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.