Kasser Family Wing of Latin American Art opens to the public July 30, 2020
Tucson, AZ –Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block will reopen its doors Thursday, July 30, 2020 including the new Kasser Family Wing of Latin American Art. Special preview days for TMA members are July 28 and 29. The museum’s updated hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
TMA’s top priority is the health and well-being of visitors and staff. New safety protocols have been implemented in accordance with city, county and state guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A staggered maximum of 225 visitors per day will be permitted in the museum. Reserved timed tickets beginning July 30 will be available online with limited daily walk-in tickets available. In addition to on-site visitation, TMA will continue to enhance its digital offerings, allowing audiences to connect with the museum at home.
Kasser Family Wing of Latin American Art
After two years of planning and construction, Tucson Museum of Art will open the new Kasser Family Wing of Latin American Art and a renovated outdoor plaza and sculpture garden. The new 6,000 square-foot wing features an open floor plan, five galleries with natural light, and links Margaret E. Mooney Hall to the John K. Goodman Pavilion. Three galleries will highlight pre-Columbian works from the museum’s permanent collection alongside long-term loans from the I. Michael Kasser and Paul L. and Alice C. Baker collections. One of the remaining galleries is dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Latin American art including the debut of new acquisitions by Enrique Martínez Celaya, Monica Aissa Martinez, Patrick Martinez and Pedro Tagliafico. The final gallery is dedicated to Spanish Colonial art with works from Latin America and the Southwestern United States created in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries.
Also on View:
- Southwest Rising: Contemporary Art and the Legacy of Elaine Horwitch will remain on view through September 20, 2020;
- Debut of new permanent collection exhibitions including: For the Birds: Avian Works on Paper in the Jon and Linda Ender Gallery; From the TMA Permanent Collection, Mirle E. Freel, Jr., in the Kenneth J. and Judith H. Riskind/ Patricia Carr Morgan and Peter F. Salomon Gallery; Modern Art from the TMA Permanent Collection in the Anne E. Snodgrass Gallery; and a new installation in the John K. Goodman Pavilion.
- All remaining permanent collection galleries will be open.
- TMA’s newly renovated sculpture garden and plaza will also be available for visitors to enjoy.
New protocols include mandatory mask policy
New protocols include limiting capacity, regularly scheduled sanitation of all accessible surfaces, mandatory mask policy for all staff and visitors ages five and up, physical distancing procedures in exhibition galleries, sanitation stations throughout the museum and a limited-contact admissions experience. Visitors will enter the museum using the east entrance/ Mooney Hall where pre-reserved tickets will be scanned by staff who will assist visitors in navigating their museum experience.
- Purchase timed and dated tickets online in advance. Please call 520-624-2333 for accommodations.
- Masks are mandatory to enter and visit the museum. Forget your mask? TMA will have disposable and cloth masks available for purchase.
- Entry will be through Mooney Hall in the main museum entrance, and all visitors will exit through the museum’s Goodman Pavilion to ensure proper physical distancing, with special conditions for our visitors with accessibility challenges.
- Smartphones and small tablets are encouraged, as exhibition guides and maps are only available in digital formats. Free guest WiFi is available.
- Contactless and foot-activated hand sanitizer stations will be offered throughout the museum, located at Mooney Hall, Goodman Pavilion, and lower level galleries.
- Café a la C’Art will be open for lunch and accessible through the entrance at 140 N. Main Avenue or the Washington Street parking lot.
- The Museum Store will be open and is now located as you exit the museum through the Goodman Pavilion. Non-museum guests may enter the store at 140 N. Main Avenue (no museum admissions).
- J. Knox Corbett House, La Casa Cordova, Alice Chaiten Baker Center for Art Education and the TMALearn Creative Space will remain closed through the end of 2020.
- Culture Pass, Free First Thursdays and Second SundAZe will not be offered until further notice. A limited number of free tickets will be made available and announced later.
For detailed information about new procedures and policies, please visit https://www.tucsonmuseumofart.org/know-before-you-go-new-procedures-and-policies/
Required timed tickets will be limited to six per person. Based on occupancy, there will be limited on-site ticket sales. Three daily admission windows are available: 10 a.m.–noon; noon–2 p.m.; 2–5 p.m. TMA is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Members will be given advance access to tickets and may make reservations if their membership account is active. To verify, renew or upgrade membership levels, please contact Membership at 520-616-2699 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets will initially be available two weeks prior to selected dates for members, and one week prior for the general public.
Visitors will receive their tickets via email along with the museum’s new “Know Before You Go” guidelines and a museum map to enhance their experience. Visitors should arrive at—not before—the time specified on their ticket, as time slots are not transferable. You may enter the museum at any time during this period and enjoy the galleries for as long as you wish until closing time. Re-entry is not permitted. Your ticket purchase is not refundable. If a purchased ticket goes unused after 7 days, it will be considered a donation to TMA.
TMA will monitor the coronavirus situation regularly and will modify its protocols and policies as new information from state and local officials and the CDC becomes available.
Access to the museum parking lot off Washington Street is available but extremely limited. Metered street parking is available around the museum, as well as the El Presidio Parking Garage, 160 W. Alameda Street (south side of street, ramp descends to underground parking). The museum does not validate parking.