Ed Nativa "War Pony"

Ed Natiya “War Pony”

The Tucson Museum of Art incorporates several historic homes within where the early Presidio walls were located. One of the most interesting art pieces for me was “Quiet Moment in the West” by Wade Weber (1973- ). Weber uses what he calls “reverspective,” a visual effect using three-dimensional surfaces. The optical illusion involves tricking the eye to see walls facing in different directions when physically looking at the piece while moving sideways. The museum is rightly proud of their Auguste Rodin “Adam” sculpture. I especially enjoyed “Young Mother in a Grotto.” “El Nacimiento” is a traditional Mexican nativity scene that depicts Bible stories using hundreds of miniature figures. This special exhibit on display until March 19, 2017 is located in La Casa Codova, the oldest adobe home in downtown Tucson. Another major exhibition featured on three levels of the main building features “New Westward: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles That Move the Modern West.” My favorite was Ed Natiya’s whimsical “War Pony,” depicting Sitting Bull riding an “Indian” motorcycle. This exhibit is on display until February 12, 2017. Another historic home, the J. Knox Corbett House, built in 1907 in the mission revival style, has been refurbished with decorative pieces from the Arts and Crafts era. We were also impressed with the collection of Henry C. Balink (1882-1963) Native American Portraits. Another Western art collection is displayed in the nine-room Edward Nye Fish House. The special exhibit we spent the least amount of time in was “Poetic Minimalism.” Among several other exhibits, let me at least mention “A Traveler and His Treasures: Latin American Folk Art From the Peter C. Cecere Collection.” This exhibit contains representative examples from many different countries. The Tucson Museum of Art has something for everyone.

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