Picturing 2020 - A Community Reflects

Alejandro Macias, Don’t Forget the Gloves, August 2020, Oil and acrylic on canvas

Benjamin M Johnson, Work, Oil on panel, May, 2020

James Mokler, Octopus Agave, July 2020, Carbon print

Jim Morris, COMING APART-COMING TOGETHER – GEORGE FLOYD, Oil on panel, June 2020

A Virtual Exhibition

September 26, 2020 – March 28, 2021

The year 2020 is a watershed moment for Tucson and the world. The coronavirus pandemic has affected every country across the globe; the resulting economic instability and impoverishment continues to ravage the working class; brutal incidents of systemic violence against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and many other QT+BIPOC inspired a sweeping movement for racial justice; and a highly-charged political climate advances into a presidential election this fall.

Picturing 2020: A Community Reflects is an online exhibition featuring works by more than 150 artists from across Southern Arizona. These works depict our community’s myriad experiences with the destabilizing events of this year – differing in medium and style but sharing themes like isolation, resistance, resilience and hope.

Showing how art assumes new meaning as the lens of the viewer changes, curators include one artwork from the UAMA permanent collection with each identified theme. Please visit the virtual exhibition Picturing 2020: Visions from the Permanent Collection for the complete selection. How do these works echo the local community and take on new relevance today?

The events of this year highlight vulnerabilities and deep inequities in our community, but also show our immense resilience and capacity to dream of something new. We hope this online exhibition inspires a sense of community through shared experiences.