SOURCE: Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

September 01, 2015 13:57 ET

Banda Calaca Installation by Tucson Artist Hank Tusinski Opens to the Public Saturday, September 26

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwired - September 01, 2015) - Banda Calaca, a large scale Day of the Dead-inspired installation by Tucson artist Hank Tusinski, opens Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Tucson Museum of Art in historic downtown. The work, featuring a nearly life-size, 15 piece, free-standing papier mâche skeleton mariachi band with musical instruments, is unusual given that Tusinski is a devout Zen Buddhist.

Tusinski's work focuses on integrating the beliefs of Mesoamerica, Mexican contemporary indigenous communities, and contemporary Buddhists about death as a transformational process to be celebrated. A journey to Michoacán, Mexico introduced Tusinski to the indigenous P΄urhépecha peoples' use of music in their Festival of the Spirit as an embodiment of spirit. This is the well-spring of Banda Calaca.

"The fundamental dilemma of existence is the nature of life and death," said Tusinski, "There is potential liberation and joy in death. Banda Calaca is offered with the intention of creating the opportunity to view this transition as energy that continues infinitely. The skeleton band represents the individual and the universal dance in the eternal flow." The installation is about 12 feet high, 25 feet long, and 6 feet wide.

"Tusinski's Banda Calaca is a riot of color, pattern, and imagery. His work reminds us to celebrate life in death, to honor the past in the present, and to embrace the universality of spiritual openness," said TMA Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Dr. Julie Sasse.

Banda Calaca will remain on view until January 3, 2016.

Upcoming selected exhibitions:
Shen Wei in Black, White, and Gray, organized by the Tucson Museum of Art, October 10, 2015 -- December 6, 2015

Western Heroes of Pulp Fiction: Dime Novel to Pop Culture, organized by the Tucson Museum of Art, October 24, 2015 -- February 14, 2016

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads: Gold, February 13, 2016 -- June 26, 2016

Into the Night: Modern and Contemporary Art and the Nocturne Tradition, organized by the Tucson Museum of Art, opening February 27, 2016 -- July 10. 2016.

Museum Directions
The Museum is located at 140 N. Main Avenue in historic downtown Tucson at the crossroads of W. Alameda and N. Main Avenue. Parking is free in the Museum's lot on W. Washington Street.

Museum Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 AM -- 5 PM
Open Late Thursday: 10 AM -- 8 PM (first Thursday of each month is free from 5 PM -- 8PM)
Sunday: 12 PM -- 5 PM (first Sunday of each month is half-price admission)
Closed Monday

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Adult/$12; Senior (65+)/$10; Student (with college ID)/$7; Youth (13-17)/$7; Child (12 and under)/Free; Veteran with ID/Free; Museum Member/Free.

About the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block's mission is Connecting Art to Life. The Museum was founded 1924 in the El Presidio Historic District of downtown Tucson. It is Southern Arizona's premier presenter of fine art and art education programs.

The Museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary, Native American, American West, Latin American, and Asian art. The 74,000 square foot Museum offers tours of exhibits, public education programs, and studio art classes.

The main Museum occupies a contemporary building. The Museum's Historic Block of 19thand 20th C. adobe and Mission Revival-style buildings, encompassing an entire four-acre city block, includes the John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art, which displays the Museum's notable art of the American West collection, the Museum restaurant Café a la C'Art, and other exhibition and studio spaces. For more information, please visit www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org or call (520) 624-2333. Keep current on the latest events by following the Museum on Facebook.

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