Call for Contributions to <br> Cecilia Vicuña’s Sonoran Quipu

Call for Contributions to
Cecilia Vicuña’s Sonoran Quipu

Cecilia Vicuña invites Tucson community members to collect plant matter and found debris from their surroundings for inclusion in Sonoran Quipu. Collected items will be incorporated by the artist into the installation, joining hundreds of fibers and small hanging sculptures that will fill MOCA’s Great Hall. 

Vicuña and MOCA Tucson are seeking lightweight, small-scale, plant matter and inorganic debris that you may find in your gardens, yards, stoops, and sidewalks.

Collected materials might include: seed pods, dried plants, twigs, broken jewelry, natural or synthetic fibers, plastics, bits of metal, small pieces of wood, and remnants from carpentry, mechanical workshops, studios, or home work.


Responsible Collecting Tips

  • Collect only what presents itself on your personal property.
  • Select material that is no longer living or attached to a living plant. For example: seed pods that have fallen to the ground, stray twigs or branches underfoot, etc.
  • Please refrain from collecting plant matter from public spaces or city, state, or federally owned and operated sites.

Collection Information

Collected items may be dropped off at MOCA during the museum’s open hours. Visitors will receive free admission to the museum upon donation. 

MOCA Open Hours: Thursdays – Saturdays: 11-6PM; Sundays: 11-4PM

For further information about this call, the exhibition, how to donate, or if you would like to donate materials in bulk, please contact:


Major support for the exhibition is provided by The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Arizona Humanities; and Lehmann Maupin. Generous support provided by VIA Art Fund and Wagner Foundation; Barrio Brewing Foundation; and MOCA Tucson’s Board of Trustees, Ambassador Council, and Members.


Image Credit: Cecilia Vicuña, Burnt Quipu, 2018, installation view, Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2018. Photo by Johnna Arnold. Courtesy the artist; BAMPFA; and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.