Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 E. Main St., has four new summer exhibitions.
- Passage, a collaborative site-specific installation of more than 7,000 unfired clay beads, each bead representing a life lost on the U.S.-Mexico border, by Cannupa Hanska Luger;
- The Uncolonized: A Vision in the Parallel, featuring the works of sculptor and mixed media artist Angel Cabrales;
- The Myth of the Incomplete Self, by artist Rodrigo de Toledo; and
- Docents Select: Indigenous Americas, featuring works from Mesa Contemporary Art Museum’s permanent collection.
For the safety of staff, volunteers, artists and patrons, the summer 2021 opening reception will be by invitation only.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum has safety protocols, informed by CDC guidelines, state health department guidelines and best practices in the museum field nationally. Masks are required of all visitors age 6 and older. In compliance with COVID safety protocols, museum capacity has been reduced and time slot reservations can be made online at mesaartscenter.com/mcam or by phone at 480-644-6560.
Admission is always free. Museum Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. It is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on the second Friday of each month.
Summer exhibitions by date, according to a release, include:
- April 9-Aug. 8: The Uncolonized: A Vision in the Parallel — El Paso sculptor and mixed media artist Angel Cabrales is known for his provocative social commentaries on the Latin-American experience. In his latest body of work, Mr. Cabrales reimagines history in a SciFi-inspired parallel universe, where the Western Hemisphere was never colonized. The exhibition centers on the Indigenous legacy of the Americas while celebrating the cultural heritage and technological achievements of its original inhabitants.
- May 14-Aug. 6: Passage — Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center presents the collaborative, site-specific exhibition Passage by renowned multidisciplinary artist Cannupa Hanska Luger (Madan, HIdatsa, Arikara, Lakota, European). The centerpiece, Something to Hold Onto, is Mr. Luger’s second project from his Counting Coup series. This immersive installation is made from more than 7,000 1-inch unfired clay beads, created by Arizona residents and national/international partners. Each bead represents a life lost along the U.S.-Mexico border in the last 30 years and is intended to humanize these staggering statistics. The installation mirrors a large-scale floor mural by Phoenix-based artists Thomas ‘Breeze’ Marcus (Tohono O’odham) and Dwayne Manuel (Onk Akimel O’odham). The exhibition is accompanied by artwork and a pop-up educational experience by Tanya Aguiñiga (Mexican) and journalistic documentation by Thosh Collins (Onk Akimel O’odham) and Chelsey Luger (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Standing Rock Lakota Nation).
- April 16-Aug. 8: The Myth of the Incomplete Self — Rodrigo de Toledo’s exhibition takes us into the illuminated pages of a manuscript codex, where ancient and modern symbols are reinvented into a new context and iconography. Deities, creatures and myths from a lost civilization inhabit cosmo-mythological realms and archetypal diagrams, displayed on canvas, leather parchment, paper, and installation. The body of work, from 2005 to 2020, offers a beautiful and delicate mythology of contemporary origin, in which the artist directly addresses the core of the human structure: our incompleteness – the illusion of separation from the cosmos.
- April 23-Aug. 8: Docents Select: Indigenous Americas, Works from the Permanent Collection — As with most museums, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum docents are central to the functionality of the museum. Through their volunteer efforts and assistance, tours are conducted, artwork is researched, special talks are prepared and opening receptions succeed. This exhibition was curated by the MCA Museum docents and demonstrates some of the research they have conducted on pieces from the permanent collection by artists with Indigenous heritage from North and South America.