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Moen/Mason presents: Backtrack

Saturday August 1st

Moen Mason Gallery is proud to present a group exhibition this August featuring new work engaging current controversial issues on race.

American Blood Diamond is a fully realized and branded conceptualization of a fictional American company within the extraction industry. Its’ business model is the wholesale and export of raw carat weight from violent or unstable parts of the country. These recovered gemstones are fragments of shattered glass produced as a by-product of riots, violent outbursts and vandalism in marginalized and underserved communities. BACKTRACK will feature recovered diamonds from Ferguson, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Oakland. Any profits will be redirected to represented communities, and 10 will be given away opening night.

Other artists showing include EJ Brown who is an up-and-coming visual artist making waves in the media following the launch of his campaign A Perception of Complexion. The Mugshot Series is an associated photographic series representing a group of Brown’s peers wearing graduation caps and gowns holding up plaques displaying their field of study and graduation dates. The photos are shot to resemble mugshots and challenge the media’s representation of young black men in America. Brown has been featured in The Huffington Post, BET and TribLive News.
Moen/Mason | 222 E 6th st | 6pm

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Downtown Saturday Night

Saturday July 18th

Pack a Swimsuit. Bring your appetite. Maybe wear some cat ears.  Wander downtown tonight and you’ll find plenty to see and do.


Suffice it to say there will be art and leather and grilled meats as the boys at 6th n 6th Faction (Donovan White and Tony Pickup) continue to inaugurate their space (formerly inhabited by Haunted Hands).  Donovan will be manning the grill. #attaboy
6th + 6th Faction | 439 N 6th Ave | 6pm 

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Night Swim

MoCA wil be hosting an evening swim complete with lifegaurds and DJs.  In case you’re wondering “when did they get a pool?” MoCA actually has 3.  In conjunction with New York-based real estate development firm Macro Sea, MOCA now has three code-compliant, street legal mobile dumpster pools in the Great Hall.
MoCA | 265 S Church Ave | 7-10pm


Exploded View Cinema loans the keys to Xpanded Universe as they host a screening for local Whovians of the 1979 Doctor Who movie City of Death.
City of Death features the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and his companion Romana (Lalla Ward). Set mainly in Paris in 1979, the plot concerns a scheme by an alien, Scaroth, to steal the Mona Lisa to finance experiments in time travel in the hope of averting the accident that marooned him on Earth four hundred million years previously, which began the existence of life on the planet as well.
Don’t forget your Sonic Screwdriver.
Exploded View Cinema | 197 E Toole | 8pm

Kittens and Mermaids

Surly Wench will be hosting a Pussy Party.  Guests are encouraged to play dress up – cat suits, cat ears, cat whiskers.  DJs Plastic Disease and Black Flagg host this Industrial music night.
Surly Wench | 424 N 4th Ave | 9pm
The Aquadec will be presenting Atlantis.  Having further explored decoration in their underwater theme H20 invites you to come experience its next evolution with Atlantis. DJ Scotty Boy will be on deck.
The Aquadaec | 61 E Congress | 10pm

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MoCA Summer Begins!

Friday June 19th

MoCA reopens for Summer with 2 new installations.


MOCA has invited six artists to create site-specific installations in each of the East Wing’s six galleries. Each artist will have a room to transform and convert into a showcase for their singular artistic themes and motifs.  The impetus is to use their creative foundations to fashion something completely new.  These solo exhibitions will be an opportunity to expand upon previous concerns and achievements and create original, site-speicifc, up-to-date artistic environments with a minimum of curatorial interference in which freedom of expression and experimentation is paramount.

Artists include Eli Burke, Bryan Crow, Ishi Glinksy, Jessica James Lansdon, Andrew Shuta, and Jason Wright.

Gigi’s Mexican & Peruvian Fusion Food Truck, bar, and music by DJ Jalph!  Reception is from 7-9pm

Saturday the 20th
moca poolsFirst chance for MoCA Members to take a dip in some functional art.

In accordance with searing summers, Tucson is the ideal location for this combination of artful and inventive design and the pleasure of cooling off and swimming is unparalleled surroundings.
Purple Tree Food Truck, and music by DJ Andrew Shuta & WFMU’s One Mint Julep!
MoCA Memberships available here
MoCA | 265 South Church Avenue | 12-5pm


**Certified lifeguards will be present to ensure your safety and no children under the age of 18 will be allowed to swim without being accompanied by an adult guardian.

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2nd Saturdays

Saturday May 9th

Downtown Tucson invites the rest of the city to come on down each 2nd Saturday for a variety of events and activities. Vendors line the streets along Congress and Scott Ave becomes a block party.
Check out the 2nd Saturdays site for a complete itinerary of the days events including belly dancers,  a magic show and box trolls.
Downtown Tucson | 2nd Saturdays 

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Moen/Mason presents Jonathan Hobbin’s CRY BABIES

Saturday May 2nd

Moen Mason Gallery debuts Jonathan Hobin: Selected works from In the Playroom and Cry Babies. Hobin’s notoriety arose after his series In the Playroom (2010) made international headlines, igniting a heated discussion on media, politics and representations of children in art. The exhibition will present images from Hobin’s In the Playroom series as well as the U.S. premier of his new video installation Cry Babies. “In the Playroom has circled the globe, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring it to the United States” said Moen Mason Gallery. The exhibition opens May 2, 2015 and runs through July 31, 2015.

Jonathan Hobin is an award-winning and internationally noted photo-based artist. His work draws on iconic literary, cinematic and historical references, and popular culture to explore the darker aspects of childhood, politics and storytelling. Considered a controversial figure and “one of Canada’s most polarizing visual artists” (Jian Ghomeshi, CBC’s Q), Hobin’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in major media including VICE, CNN, CBC, BBC as well as art publications including Kunst (Germany), Photographers Companion (China), and Beaux Arts (France).

Hobin’s latest series, Cry Babies is a collection of provocative photographic and video portraits highlighting the complexities of childhood. Refracted through the prism of a child’s imagination and inspired by locket photography, Cry Babies depicts an irreconcilable reality in which private anxieties and the idealized imagery of popular culture inhabit the same space. Sexuality, race, religion, exploitation and identity are directly addressed, once again proving that Hobin is an artist that does not shy away from social taboos.

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Robert Barber

Thursday, March 5th
MOCA curators, Anne-Marie Russell and Jocko Weyland, will lead a conversation with exhibiting artist Robert Barber! In addition, Art Now! gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts on the wildly disparate practices and objects collectively known as “the art of our time.” Guests are encouraged to participate, share and engage in this playful rendition upending the traditional art history lecture format.
MoCA | 265 South Church Avenue | 6pm

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Amazing Floral

A month-long exhibit featuring dramatic and colorful floral paintings by award-winning artist Diana Madaras. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with an artist reception on Thursday, February 12th, from 5-7pm at Madaras Gallery/Skyline in Gallery Row. Diana’s florals range from bold desert wildflowers to the serenity of Monet’s garden. Also explore an ever-changing collection of originals, reproductions, fine art gifts.
Madaras Gallery | 3001 East Skyline | 5:00pm-7:00pm

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