El Nacimiento

As the holiday season is fast approaching, so are some of those holiday joys that magically appear in your life. Christmas music is slowly making its way back onto radio stations, wreaths, candy-canes, stockings, dreadles and menorahs have replaced pumpkins, scarecrows, and ghosts in the market and lights are creeping up on houses while museums are hosting traditional holiday exhibits, such as El Nacimiento at the Tucson Museum of Art.

El Nacimiento, meaning birth or origin, is a traditional Mexican nativity scene and an artistic expression originating in the early days of European contact with the native peoples of Mexico. The exhibition is an intricate arrangement of hundreds of miniature figures, combing the symbolism of the Spanish Colonial Catholic Church with the simplicity and faith of everyday existence in rural Mexico. Some of the scenes are from the Christmas story of the Bible; others show traditional Mexican village life.

The installation of this beautiful Christmas time vision is created by Maria Luisa Tena. Every year for over 30 years, she has devoted months of loving care to preparing and arranging the Nacimiento in memory of her mother. Some of the pieces of the arrangement are over 40 years old.

The exhibit is on display through March 18, 2012 at La Casa Cordova, just steps from the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.

Regular Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, 12:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m.

The Museum is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

The Border Project

Melo Dominguez, Baja Arizona, acrylic on canvas, image courtesy of the artist.

Beginning this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 the Arizona Museum of Art will be opening a new exhibit pertaining to the history and culture of the border region in honor of Arizona’s Statehood Centennial Celebration.

The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes & Lifescapes will present sound art, music, performance, painting, sculptor, installation, video, film and photography that examine historical and contemporary life in the U.S./Mexico borderlands region.

Additionally he exhibition will acknowledge the complexities of border communities across all borders, including Asian Americans and Europeans.

An opening reception will take place on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Arizona Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road, where artists exhibiting will discuss the exhibition and their own works.

Throughout the duration of the exhibit there will scheduled events such as panel discussions, film screenings, festivals, concerts, storytelling and lectures related to The Border Project.

The Border Project will continue through March 11, 2012 and a closing reception will take place March 8, 2012 at the Arizona Museum of Art at 7 p.m.