• Critical Commons: The State of Art Criticism <br> in Arizona and the Southwest

Critical Commons: The State of Art Criticism
in Arizona and the Southwest

November 17, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Southwest Contemporary magazine, MOCA Tucson, and Etherton Gallery co-host a panel discussion and conversation exploring the current state of art criticism and arts writing in Arizona and the greater Southwest region.

Art and cultural criticism can play many roles within the arts ecosystem and beyond. We’ll discuss how critical discourse constructively serves artists, institutions, and the general public; how it propels creative work forward; and what is at stake within the unique cultural environment of the Southwest region. We’ll also speak to the challenges and opportunities for arts writing to advance the arts, support critical thinking more broadly, and resist the almighty algorithm.

Panelists are: Erin Joyce, curator and scholar of contemporary art, Lauren Tresp, publisher and editor of Southwest Contemporary, and Lynn Trimble, award-winning Arizona-based arts writer.

The panel will begin at 6:00pm, followed by light refreshments. This program will take place at Etherton Gallery, located at 340 S. Convent Avenue.

RSVP here.

About Southwest Contemporary

Southwest Contemporary is the leading resource for contemporary arts and culture in the Southwest. Headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in print since 1992, Southwest Contemporary publishes curated and critical perspectives on contemporary arts and culture online and in print and produces events and career development programming.


About Etherton Gallery

Since 1981, Etherton Gallery has showcased the icons of the history of photography as well as the contemporary artists changing its course. Our exhibitions highlight the most important figures in the history of the medium and we remain dedicated to making great works of photography accessible to novices and experienced collectors alike.

A champion of the arts of the Southwest and in particular Tucson, the gallery also exhibits top local and regional artists working in a variety of media, and presents free exhibition programs that address related local and national issues.

Etherton Gallery is a long-standing member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers and participates in fine art photography fairs including the AIPAD Photography Show NY, Classic Photographs LA, and Paris Photo.