Tucson Museum of Art
The Indigenous Arts Gallery at Tucson Museum of Art reopened on March 11 following a reinstallation that represents a rethinking of curatorial practices through collaborative, community-based approaches. The project pilots a new model for TMA using community curators in the exhibition development process. It will be on view in its current iteration through summer 2022.
Works of art were chosen that speak to thriving 21st-century Indigenous peoples, the complexities of tribal communities, cultural sovereignty, creativity, resiliency and continuity of cultural practices.
The collaborative effort was guided by a committee of six Indigenous representatives, in partnership with two TMA curators, to tell some of the stories behind artworks in TMA’s care. The approach was rooted in shared authority where community curators contributed their knowledge and experiences to offer insights on TMA’s collection, select artworks, develop themes and write exhibit texts.
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