Arizona del Sur/Norte de Mexico
In the Master Gallery, Olivia Barrionuevo’s internationally-acclaimed installation The Monarch, featuring the artful butterflies and patrons, is an evolving photographic and installation project that during the opening reception patrons can become a part of.
In the Smith and Main Galleries, TCA presents Arizona del Sur/Norte de Mexico featuring outstanding Latino artists in southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, juried by Guadalupe Serrano of the Museo de Arte de Nogales and TCA’s Michael Fenlason.
Opening reception for these exhibitions is Friday, May 4, 2018, from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Road, in Tubac, Arizona. This event and the exhibition is free to attend and open to the public.
About The Monarch
Shown previously in Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Mexico City, The Monarch stops in Arizona before moving to Miami and Costa Rico. Artist Olivia Barrionuevo describes the project this way:
“The Monarch is a traveling art installation and evolving photographic project which examines migration as phenomenon fundamental to the evolutionary processes and inherent to the biological balance of the global ecosystem. By adapting lyrical symbolism of the butterfly’s annual migration, The Monarch calls on its transcultural folkloric associations with hope, endurance, courage, and beauty, in order to reassign these meanings to the perception of human migration. Migration’s essential role in human development is bolstered by modern research which proposes immigration to be a positive factor in economic and socio-cultural developments for both native and receiving regions. However, despite the evidence, the pervasive ideological stance of most political ideologies presents a challenging barrier to this natural process. The Monarch, thus, aims to challenge these misconceptions through an expanding portrait series that brings together faces and stories of immigrants from around the globe in a single photographic archive. In its international scope, the project endeavors to celebrate human history, resilience and capacity to reinvent unbearable life conditions in a strive for a better tomorrow.
**In support of this global initiative, we invite you to join the Monarch Installation Project in reinforcing new horizons for the future well-being of the human race.”
Arizona del Sur/Norte de Mexico brings together two institutions, the Museo de Arte de Nogales and the Tubac Center of the Arts, to showcase some outstanding Latino artists in southern Arizona and Sonora Mexico.