Free Reopening weekend at Tucson Museum of Art


“After a summer of renovation and expansion, the Tucson Museum of Art will reopen with new galleries, new feature exhibitions, and new selections from the museum’s permanent collection on view. Best of all, admission will be FREE the weekend of Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22!  (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days)

Come make art, engage with community partners, and experience more than 20 galleries of world-class art including the new feature exhibitions, Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor and Desert Dweller.

Saturday, October 21st
11:00 am – Performance by Stories that Soar
1:00 pm – Curator walk through with Dr. Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
3:00 pm – Ballet Folklorico Tapatio

The evening continues at the Scottish Rite Cathedral with a screening of “House of Z,” a documentary on the life and work of the design Zac Posen, courtesy of Film Fest Tucson.  (9 p.m.)

Sunday, October 22nd
11:00 am – Dance performance choreographed by Hawkins Dance
1:00 pm – Curator walk through with Christine Brindza, Glasser Curator of Art of the American West
3:00 pm – Performance by Solidarite Sympa

The 2017/2018 Exhibition season is presented by these sponsors: Connie Hillman Family Foundation, James J. and Louise R. Glasser, Anne Y. Snodgrass, BMO Private Bank, and AC Hotel Tucson.”

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Dropped by for the last hour of today’s open house at newly remodeled TMA — the gift shop is gone, replaced with gallery space of this Dress Matters show with unusual clothing & textiles on display. The Desert Matters exhibit nearby features a lovely video film by Iraqi Sama Alsaibi entitled “Wasl” meaning union –about water, desert, wind, double images. Downstairs are new exhibits with a rare glimpse into TMA’s Asian collection of exquisite Japanese netsuke and Chinese jade. Check it out, free again tomorrow, 10 to 5 p.m.

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