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.

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