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Elizabeth Cherry

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Elizabeth Cherry reviewing a portfolio outside MOCA; below, objet trouvé. Tucson, Spring 2003.

IMAGES: CIA ROMANO 2003

She is the doyenne of the underground art scene, moving at a pace three steps ahead of the rest. How else could Elizabeth Cherry shape a vibrant contemporary arts community in a small city run by good old boys? Witty, blunt, and devoted to downtown , the well-traveled Cherry considers Tucson's off-the-beaten-path status to be an asset. Places such as the Toole Shed and MOCA would have tougher going in amusement-park downtowns, and Cherry sees Tucson's warehouse district as an opportunity to mount shows with an edge.

NAME:

"Elizabeth Cherry."

OCCUPATION:

"Curator."

QUOTE:

"Remember the Airport Lounge!"

MAIN GIG:

"Curator of exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hotel Congress."

BORN IN:

"Tucson, Arizona . . . yup, a native!"

LIFE STORY IN BRIEF:

"An Army brat who loves to travel and talks too much, I have entirely too much history for my own good."

HOW LONG IN TUCSON:

"The latest run has been 7 years."

DESCRIBE TUCSON IN ONE WORD:

"Wonderful."

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN ON THE LOCAL SCENE:

"More of a monetary investment by the local government."

CONNECTING POINTS:

"MOCA, The Tap Room at Hotel Congress, and Vaudeville Cabaret."

ARTIFACTS:

Excellent shoes [Editor's note]

CONTACT:

Via MOCA


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