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Do look back: 'Calexico: A Retrospective'

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Do look back: 'Calexico: A Retrospective'

  • Courtesy Sacred Machine Museum
  • Courtesy Sacred Machine Museum
  • Courtesy Sacred Machine Museum

Fans of Calexico will get an up-close-and-personal look at the famed Tucson band with the photo exhibition, "Calexico: A Retrospective," which opens with a reception Thursday at the downtown Sacred Machine Museum.

The show, running through Oct. 23, will feature professional tour images, memorabilia and behind-the-scenes shots taken of the group over the last 15 years. The retrospective is one in a series of shows running in conjunction with the Tucson Museum of Art's exhibition, "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present," celebrating the visual documentation of rock music and the photographers responsible.

The Sacred Machine Museum and Curiosity Shop, 245 E. Congress St., features the art and creations of co-owners Paula Catherine Valencia and Daniel Martin Diaz, who were approached by the TMA to host a related exhibition of their choosing.

"Calexico was our first thought," Valencia said.

Valencia worked closely with Calexico co-founder Joey Burns, sifting through boxes of photos from the band's personal archives.

"I'm pretty excited with what was chosen," she said. "It is moving and powerful and I'm hoping it does them justice."

One wall of photos in the exhibition will be available for purchase through a silent auction to help raise money for Craig Schumacher, owner and operator of Tucson's WaveLab Studio.

Schumacher, who has produced albums for Calexico, as well as Amos Lee, Neko Case and Iron and Wine, among others, was diagnosed with head and neck cancer earlier this year.

"That was the band's idea," Valencia said. "They've worked so closely with Craig. They wanted to do something special for him."

Thursday's reception is free. It starts at 7 p.m. and will feature an appearance and performance from Calexico.

The "Who Shot Rock & Roll" exhibition, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, begins Oct. 22 and runs through Jan. 15 at the Tucson Museum of Art, downtown.


If you go

  • "Calexico: A Retrospective" opening, featuring a performance by Calexico
  • Sacred Machine Museum and Curiosity Shop, 245 E. Congress St.
  • Thursday, 7 p.m.
  • The exhibition runs through Oct. 23
  • or 777-7403

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