Tucson Modernism Week 2018, presented by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation will take place Friday October 5th through Sunday October 14th. The celebration will feature a series of programs, film, lectures and events highlighting Tucson’s Mid-century Modern design and architecture throughout the city, along with the very popular vintage trailer show. Tucson’s Modernism captured the exuberance of the post WWII era, and is defined by clean, simple lines and a casual informality. In the Southern Arizona desert the movement has come to be defined as Sonoran Modern with the use of regional materials, adaptation to the desert climate and an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living.  2018 will feature work by legendary designers and modernists including Max Gottschalk, Sophie and Harwood Steiger, and Bernard Friedman.

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    10/10
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    10/11
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Sun : 10/14 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tucson Modernism Week
TMW 2018 | VIP Pass
The Tucson Modernism Week VIP Pass provides you access to all lectures, parties, receptions and events during Modernism... Learn More >
Add to Cart $150
PASS
Fri : 10/5
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Sun : 10/14 12:00 PM - 4:00 AM

Tucson Modernism Week
TMW 2018 | Lecture Series Pass
The Tucson Modernism Week Lecture Series Pass provides you access to all lectures during Modernism Week. Each... Learn More >
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PASS

Friday10/5  to Sunday10/14


University of Arizona Museum of Art: 1031 Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85721
Affiliate Event | Modern Masterworks of the University of Arizona Museum of Art
Admission to the UAMA is free to all TMW VIP and Lecture Pass Holders.  General admission rates and museum hours... Learn More >
Exhibition
Fri10/5 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sunshine Shop Tucson, 2934 East Broadway Blvd, Tucson AZ 85716 located in Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation’s Hirsh’s Shoes Bldg.
Affiliate Event | Opening Reception | Sunshine Shop Presents: Andy Burgess – Sunshine Mile Modern
Andy Burgess insightfully reinterprets the Desert Modern architecture of Tucson’s Sunshine Mile in a series of small... Learn More >
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Opening Reception
Fri10/5 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Midtown Mercantile Merchants | 4443 East Speedway Blvd.
Affiliate Event | Opening Reception | Modernism Market at Midtown Mercantile Merchants
Join Midtown Mercantile Merchants for the opening of their 2018 Modernism Market.  With vintage vendors and... Learn More >
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Opening Reception
Sat10/6 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Departure Location To Be Announced
Tour: Tucson’s Chinese Markets – 现代作风
A handful of Chinese markets dot Tucson’s urban landscape, their glowing neon signs a marker of cultural tradition.... Learn More >
Add to Cart $35
Tour

Oct. 6 to Oct. 14: Mon. to Sat. 10:00 – 6:00, Sun. 10:00 – 5:00

 


Midtown Mercantile Merchants | 4443 East Speedway Blvd.
Affiliate Event | Modernism Market at Midtown Mercantile Merchants
Midtown Mercantile Merchants presents a Modernism Market.  With vintage vendors and mid-century dealers from all over... Learn More >
Exhibition

Sat. Oct. 6 – Sun. Oct. 14

Sun: 12:00 to 5:00, Mon – Sat: 9:00 – 6:00

 


Copenhagen: 3660 E Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716
EXHIBITION | Max Gottschalk: Furniture
Mid-Century Modern furniture is timeless, an emotional counterpoint to the ornamentation of the past.  The work of... Learn More >
Exhibition
Sat10/6 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Gallery 2 Sun | 100 East 6th Street, Tucson, Arizona (Tucson Transfer and Warehouse Building)
OPENING RECEPTION: Harwood Steiger Fabrics of the West
The art of textile design radically transformed after World War II as America’s economy boomed and optimism bloomed... Learn More >
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Opening Reception

Sun.Oct. 7 – Fri. Oct. 12: 1:00 – 5:00

Sat. Oct, 13 – Sun. Oct. 14: 10:00 – 5:00


Gallery 2 Sun | 100 East 6th Street, Tucson, Arizona (Tucson Transfer and Warehouse Building)
EXHIBITION: Harwood Steiger Fabrics of the West
The art of textile design radically transformed after World War II as America's economy boomed and optimism bloomed... Learn More >
Exhibition
Sun10/7 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Loft Cinema: 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716
FILM: North by Northwest
Join with the Loft Cinema and Tucson Modernism Week for a special screening of the classic "North by... Learn More >
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Film
Sun10/7 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Departure Location To Be Announced
TOUR: Tucson Landmark Neon Signs
Join Historian and neon sign aficionado Carlos Lozano for a twilight and evening tour of some of Tucson’s most iconic... Learn More >
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Tour
Mon10/8 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Center for Creative Photography: 1030 N Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Affiliate Event: TOUR: Curator Tour of Center for Creative Photography Exhibitions
Join Center for Creative Photography Chief Curator Becky Senf for a tour of Longer Ways to Go: Photographs of the... Learn More >
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Tour
Tue10/9 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

To be Announced
Affiliate Event: The History of Knoll. A belief in modern design.
Join Jennifer Roth for a look at a company that shaped modern American design.  For more than 75 years Knoll has... Learn More >
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Lecture
Wed10/10 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

IGNITE Sign Art Museum | 331 S. Olsen Ave
LECTURE: How To Read A Sign: Appreciating Tucson’s Vintage Neon | Carlos Lozano
Join Tucson mid-century historian Carlos Lozano for an in depth look at Tucson’s neon history.  In this visually... Learn More >
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Lecture
Wed10/10 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Center for Creative Photography: 1030 N Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Affiliate Event: FILM: The Hitch-Hiker
Join the Center for Creative Photography and the Hanson Film TV Institute for a showing of 1953's The Hitch-Hiker,... Learn More >
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Film
Wed10/10 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

IGNITE Sign Art Museum | 331 S. Olsen Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85719
Affiliate Event | PARTY: IGNITE Sign Art Museum Opening
Come celebrate and help turn on the lights of Tucson's newest museum.  ... Learn More >
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Party
Thu10/11 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Copenhagen, 3660 E Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716
EXHIBITION OPENING & PARTY | Max Gottschalk: Furniture
Join with Copenhagen Imports and Tucson Modernism Week for for the opening reception of a special furniture exhibit... Learn More >
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Special Event
Thu10/11 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Copenhagen Plaza, 3660 E Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716
EXHIBITION OPENING & SALE: Nik Krevitsky: Abstract Expressionism 1939 – 1984
The Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association presents a one-time exhibition and sale of the Abstract Expressionism artwork... Learn More >
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Opening Reception
Fri10/12 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Christian Faith Fellowship Chapel (Historic Catalina American Baptist Church built 1961), 1900 N Country Club Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716
LECTURE: Shop Til You Drop, Modernist Storefronts | Anthony Rubano
Join Chicago-based historian Anthony Rubano for a evening talk exploring the development of Modernist Storefront... Learn More >
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Lecture
Fri10/12 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Christian Faith Fellowship Chapel (Historic Catalina American Baptist Church, built 1961), 1900 N Country Club Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716
LECTURE : The Serious Play of Alexander Girard
Join Milwaukee Art Museum Curator Monica Obniski for a look at Alexander Girard. During the midcentury several... Learn More >
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Lecture
Sat10/13 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunshine Mile Plaza - 2419 E. Broadway Blvd.
Affiliate Event | Sunshine Mile Market
Join the Sunshine Mile for a pop-up markets celebrating of Tucson's Mid-Century heritage alongside new expressions of... Learn More >
Special Event
Sat10/13 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Historic American Evangelical Lutheran Church (built 1954), 115 N. Tucson Boulevard
LECTURE: In the Arms of Saguaros | William L. Bird
Join historian William L. Bird for a exploration at how the saguaro cactus become the far-flung icon of the American... Learn More >
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Lecture
Sat10/13 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunshine Mile Plaza, 2419 E Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona 85719
TOUR: Vintage Trailer Show
Blast off with shiny, chic and mobile vintage trailers.  This year we’re presenting the sixth annual Vintage... Learn More >
Add to Cart $10
Tour
Sat10/13 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

TCC Arena North Entrance, 260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
WALKING TOUR of a Modernist Landscape Masterpiece
Join historic landscape architect Helen Erickson for a tour of the TCC modern landscape by Garrett Eckbo. The Tucson... Learn More >
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Tour
Sat10/13 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Historic American Evangelical Lutheran Church (built 1954), 115 N. Tucson Boulevard
LECTURE: The Suburban Barbecue: An American Icon | Anthony Rubano
Join Chicago based historian Anthony Rubano for an exploration of the Suburban Barbecue. This well-illustrated... Learn More >
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Lecture
Sat10/13 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Historic American Evangelical Lutheran Church (built 1954), 115 N. Tucson Boulevard
LECTURE: Keeping up with Jones: mid-century modern subdivisions of architect A. Quincy Jones
Join Clare Robinson for Keeping up with Jones: mid-century modern subdivisions of architect A. Quincy Jones The... Learn More >
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Lecture
Sat10/13 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Benjamin Plumbing Supply, 440 N 7th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
LECTURE: I am a Harwood Steiger Addict | Cynthia deVillemarette
Join Cynthia deVillemarette for this presentation describing how a normal, everyday fabric collector became a confirmed... Learn More >
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Lecture
Sat10/13 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Historic American Evangelical Lutheran Church (built 1954), 115 N. Tucson Boulevard
LECTURE: Mid-Century, Zero-Carbon, and High-Comfort
Join co-presenters: Jonathan Bean, Ph.D., CPHC and Laurie Clark, RA, CPHC for a look at the Mid-Century house in... Learn More >
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Lecture
Sat10/13 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Historic American Evangelical Lutheran Church (built 1954), 115 N. Tucson Boulevard
LECTURE: Modernica: Made in Fiberglass
Learn how Modernica came to acquire the historic machinery that continues to be used today to make fiberglass shell... Learn More >
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Lecture
Sat10/13 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Historic American Evangelical Lutheran Church (built 1954), 115 N. Tucson Boulevard
ICON: William H. Cook
Join Tucson Modernism Week and the Cook Family for a personal and illustrated conversation about William Cook, FAIA,... Learn More >
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Lecture
Sat10/13 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

AC Marriott Granada Room, 151 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701
FILM: Albert Frey, Part I | Film Fest Tucson
Albert Frey, the unpretentious Swiss-born 20th Century architect, led the charge in introducing Modernism to the United... Learn More >
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Film
Sat10/13 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Tucson Modernism Week
Modernism Week Cocktail Party
Join the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation and Modernism Week for our annual awesome/chic/utterly fabulous... Learn More >
Add to Cart $75
Party
Sun10/14 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunshine Mile Plaza - 2419 E. Broadway Blvd.
Affiliate Event | Sunshine Mile Market
Join the Sunshine Mile for a pop-up market celebrating of Tucson's Mid-Century heritage alongside new expressions of... Learn More >
Special Event
Sun10/14 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Ticket Pick-Up Location to be Announced
Modernism Week Home Tour
Join Tucson Modernism Week for our Mid Century Modern Home Tour of iconic properties by some of Tucson’s most... Learn More >
Add to Cart $30
Tour
Sun10/14 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunshine Mile, 2419 E Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona 85719
TOUR: Vintage Trailer Show
Blast off with shiny, chic and mobile Vintage Trailers.  This year we’re presenting the sixth annual Vintage... Learn More >
Add to Cart $10
Tour

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