Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is proud to present the collaborative, site-specific exhibition Passage by renowned multidisciplinary artist Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian and Norwegian). The centerpiece of the installation, Something to Hold Onto, is Luger’s second project from his Counting Coup series and is an immersive installation of 7,000+ 1-inch unfired clay beads. Each bead represents a life lost along the US-Mexico border in the last 30 years and is intended to humanize these staggering statistics. The installation is mirrored by a large-scale floor mural by Phoenix based artists Thomas ‘Breeze’ Marcus (Tohono O’odham) and Dwayne Manuel (Tohono O’odham). The exhibition will be accompanied by artwork and a pop-up educational experience by Tanya Aguiñiga (Mexican) and journalistic documentation by Thosh Collins (Tohono O’odham) and Chelsey Luger (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Standing Rock Lakota Nation). 

Panel Discussion: TBA

with all 6 artists from this project
Natural History Museum, 53 N. MacDonald, Mesa, AZ 85201


Opening Reception: TBA

  • Musical Entertainment
  • Artists in Attendance
  • Light Refreshments and Cash Bar



Beadmaking Kits:
Please email Judy at or call her at 480-644-6565 to schedule a time to pick up one of the beadmaking kits. No experience is necessary and kits are free, as long as you promise to turn in your completed beads. Beads from kits need to be turned in by Dec 4, 2020.


Ship unfired clay beads by April 30, 2021 to:


For UPS/FedEX and other freight companies:

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center

c/o Judy Dahms-Brouillard
One East Main St
Mesa, AZ 85201


Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center
c/o Judy Dahms-Brouillard
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211-1466

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