Tucson Modernism Week Returns with Packed Schedule

By Gay, Gerald M. | AZ Daily Star, October 3, 2019 | Go to article overview

Tucson Modernism Week Returns with Packed Schedule


Gay, Gerald M., AZ Daily Star


The Old Pueblo’s post-World War II boom comes into full focus once again as Tucson Modernism Week gets underway this Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13.

The annual homage to all things midcentury is packed full of events this year, ranging from Bauhaus film screenings to a Modernism market.

For a full schedule and prices, visit preservetucson.org/modernism-week.

In the meantime, here are a few things we think you should see:

Tours by bus and by foot — Tours, guided and self-guided, play a big role in this year’s Modernism Week.

Bus tours will take you to see Tucson’s modernist modern churches and other sacred spaces on Saturday, Oct. 5, the views along Miracle Mile and Historic US 80 that same day, and some of the city’s most iconic neon signs on Sunday, Oct. 6.

If you prefer walking, you can take a self-guided tour of two blocks along the Broadway corridor known as the Sunshine Mile on Oct. 5 or hoof it across the University of Arizona campus to see some of its midcentury modern marvels on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Modernism Week also has a home tour slated for Sunday, Oct. 13.

Exhibits — Tucson Modernism Week tends to shine brightest with its exhibits.

Among this year’s offerings:

A showcase of dresses created by Dolores Gonzales, a Tucson fashion designer who infused Southwestern influences into her popular line of resort wear. The exhibit will be housed at the Mexican-American Heritage and History Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave. There will be an opening reception on Oct. 5 and the exhibit will run from Oct. …

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