5 Must-See Art Shows in Tucson This Winter

See work by Lana Z Caplan (above) and additional artists at Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson.
See work by Lana Z Caplan (above) and additional artists at Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson. Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson
Despite the adrenaline rush of bouncing between galleries during First Friday in Phoenix, there’s something to be said for taking a slower approach to exploring art.

And sometimes it’s refreshing to venture a bit off the beaten path.

Several museums and galleries in Tucson are presenting intriguing exhibitions this season, including shows focused on border-related issues. Many of the season's best exhibits feature works by artists working in metro Phoenix, including Angela Ellsworth, Mark Klett, and Annie Lopez.

So now’s a great time to schedule a couple art-focused road trips.

We’ve found five exhibitions happening beyond metro Phoenix in coming weeks or months, which means you’ve got several new reasons to get out of town and mix it up.

“Nothing to Declare: Transnational Narratives”
Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson
Through December 31

Take in work by 13 artists in this multidisciplinary exhibition that explores real-world implications of border ideologies, policies, and actions. Participating artists hail from Mexico, Palestine, Arizona, California, and New York.

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See work by Todd Walker at Etherton Gallery.
Courtesy of Etherton Gallery
"Todd Walker at 100"
Etherton Gallery
Through January 6, 2018

Check out work by Todd Walker (1917-1998), a prolific photographer, printmaker, and book artist who frequently experimented with 19th-century processes. He's best known for layered, manipulated prints, as well as his approach to screenprinting and offset lithography.

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Sama Alshaibi, Wasl (Union) from the project “Silsila”, 2017, video, 9:27 min.
Courtesy of the artist and Ayyam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon and Dubai, UAE.
"Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor"
Tucson Museum of Art
Through February 18, 2018

See work by more than 50 artists who use clothing to explore identity, relationships, society, and culture. Participating artists include Nick Cave, Angela Ellsworth, Fausto Fernandez, Annie Lopez, and Wendy Red Star.

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Repellant Fence installation by the artist collective Postcommodity.
Michael Lundgren/Courtesy of Postcommodity
“In Transit/En Tránsito”
The University of Arizona Museum of Art
Through March 11, 2018

Explore photographs and video by Southwest-based Postcommodity, whose work was featured in the “2017 Whitney Biennial” in New York. The exhibition also includes work by other artists who explore human rights and transnational migration – including Mexico-based Cog•Nate Collective, Texas-based Margarita Cabrera, and Tucson-based Alfred J. Quiroz.

Mark Klett, Fence separating the US/Mexico border south of the Gila Mountains, May 2015.
Lisa Sette Gallery
“Courting Failure, Embracing Risk: Mark Klett and Collaboration”
Center for Creative Photography at University of Arizona
December 23, 2017, to May 20, 2018

See works by photographer Mark Klett, whose art practice has been enriched through the years by various collaborations with other artists, including former graduate student and longtime creative partner Byron Wolfe. The center will be showing works from several projects, including one that's being exhibited for the first time.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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