Tucson's MOCA reopens after summer season closure

The Museum of Modern Artwork reopened Aug. 31 after a summer season break. MOCA government director Julio César Morales stated it was the primary time the Downtown Tucson arts venue had closed for the summer season.

“We’re pleased to reopen,” Morales stated. “Our workers works very laborious and once you work for a nonprofit, there’s a variety of demand. Giving them a few weeks off was factor so they may recharge their batteries.”

Poet and artist Cecilia Vicuña’s “Sonoran Quipu” is put in within the Nice Corridor of MOCA and will likely be there till Oct. 1. In the meantime, an extension of the piece will likely be housed at Tohono O’Odham Neighborhood School — the sculptures have been created by artists Amber Ortega, Maria Celis, Alaina Pierce and Heidi Blaine, all who labored with Vicuña on her authentic set up at MOCA. 

The general public opening will likely be on Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. The sculptures are made out of particles they usually mix custom with sustainable artwork. 

One other upcoming exhibition is “Magma & Pearls: Oceans Rise and Fall Like Meteorites” by artist Keioui Keijaun Thomas, which can open Oct. 20. The multimedia piece contains “video, sculpture, artist performances, and community-generated programming.”

“There will likely be an artist efficiency and a public reception for ‘Magma & Pearls’ on Oct. 20,” Morales stated. “That’ll be a really cool occasion.”

Free Third Thursdays will return beginning Sept. 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We’ll have poetry, music and a meals truck on Thursday, Sept. 21,” Morales stated. “We often have a pair hundred folks are available in and now we have particular programming these evenings.”

Morales stated 2023 has been a 12 months the place they’ve welcomed the “largest viewers” to the museum.

“Our attendance is greater than any 12 months within the final a number of years so we’re actually excited to share our public applications, our schooling program and the artwork exhibitions with the group,” Morales stated.

MOCA, 265 S. Church Ave, is open Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to six p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.