Posted on: February 9, 2017
If you enjoy the visual arts, you’ll want to browse Tempe’s art museums and galleries. From paintings, to sculpture, ceramics to photography and film, Tempe offers a range of exhibitions in beautiful spaces, both inside and outdoors.
The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, is recognized for its cutting edge exhibits and innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. A visit to the ASU Art Museum, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and the Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, located at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, is always an energizing experience.
The Gallery at the TCA is located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Rotating exhibitions by local and nationally known artists and a variety of visual arts workshops and events have made The Gallery at the TCA a favorite of locals and visitors to Tempe.
Desert Botanical Garden is known for its lovely setting and paths lined with thousands of plants from arid climates throughout the world. However, you’ll also find exciting works of art sprinkled throughout the Garden
Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation is one of the nation’s largest non-profit zoos, dedicated to conservation and inspiring people to care for the natural world.
Pueblo Grande Museum features a 1500 year old Hohokam site and three galleries focusing on the Hohokam people who populated the area from A.D. 450 to 1450 and the archaeological methods used to learn about these ancient farmers of the Salt and Gila River Valleys. The museum also features revolving exhibitions that reflect Southwest history, culture and art
ASU Art Museum
51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 965-2787
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; open late on Thursday until 8 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays
Map(ing), through May 20, 2017
This exhibition marks the tenth anniversary of the biennial Map(ing) — Multiple Artists Printing (Indigenous and Native Geographies) — project and features 28 prints created by Native American and Indigenous artists who work collaboratively with graduate students from the ASU School of Art printmaking program. The artists and students create limited-edition prints by using the uniqueness of the medium as a vehicle for visual communication, sharing their culture, place, language and identity. The artists come from traditional and non-traditional artmaking perspectives and work with a range of media including painting, sculpture, weaving, bead work and ceramics.
All of the works are in ASU Art Museum’s collection. Map(ing) was founded by Mary Hood, project director and associate professor in the School of Art. Hood is an internationally known printmaker, and a selection of her etchings are included in this exhibition.
Minds on the Move: The Treadmill Tapes, January 19-May 6, 2017
Liz Lerman’s Minds on the Move: The Treadmill Tapes invites members of the ASU community to join her on a treadmill in the gallery for an on-the-go conversation about whatever is most curious, urgent, troublesome or baffling for them. The conversations will be videotaped during walks at ASU Art Museum and projected in the gallery for ongoing viewing.
This exhibition is part of ASU Art Museum’s Spotlight series, that calls attention to innovative arts and design projects created by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts faculty and students. It is also part of projectWALK, a collaboration between the Museum of Walking, ASU Art Museum and other campus and community partners, which investigates the everyday activity of walking in one of the least walkable cities in the United States.
Francis Alÿs: Ciudad Juárez Projects, January 21-May 27, 2017
Belgian-born, Mexico City-based artist Francis Alÿs created the work for Ciudad Juárez Projects in collaboration with local artists during visits to downtown Juarez (near the international border), and to housing developments in the southern periphery of the city. This exhibition showcases two video works along with, notes, maps, drawings and photographs that follow the artist’s processes as he negotiates his own role in relation to the conflict playing out in this urban landscape.
Francis Alÿs: Ciudad Juárez Projects is part of projectWALK, a collaboration between the Museum of Walking, ASU Art Museum and additional campus and community partners.
Museum of Walking Annex, January 28-May 20, 2017
Museum of Walking Annex features selections from the ASU Art Museum’s collection of historic and contemporary artworks. These works provide a broader social, cultural and political context for walking and an archive of Angela Ellsworth’s performance and walking-based work. On Saturday, March 18, Ellsworth, who is a co-founder of the Museum of Walking and associate professor in the School of Art, will lead a silent walk for 1,000 participants at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in Phoenix.
Museum of Walking Annex is part of ASU Art Museum’s Spotlight series, bringing attention to innovative projects in the arts and design created by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts faculty and students. It is also part of projectWALK, a collaboration between the Museum of Walking, ASU Art Museum and additional campus and community partners, which investigates the everyday activity of walking in one of the least walkable cities in the United States.
Hannah Barco: Fathomings, February 4-April 15, 2017
Hannah Barco responds to ASU scholars as they work to make our physical, political and social realities more legible and coherent. How many ways can we find our footing in this murky landscape? For Fathomings, Barco assembles an installation to occupy the gallery with these various perspectives. When she returns in the spring, she will host a participatory performance that stages the artwork’s undoing.
This exhibition is part of projectWALK, a collaboration between the Museum of Walking, ASU Art Museum and additional campus and community partners, which investigates the everyday activity of walking in one of the least walkable cities in the United States.
The Violence of Truth: Encounter with Jose Bernardi, February 4-July 15, 2017
Jose Bernardi curates a selection of artwork from ASU Art Museum’s collection that explores the myth of social change within architecture and desert culture. Bernardi, associate professor in The Design School at ASU, also exhibits a series of his collage works that will be in dialogue with key artworks from the museum’s Cuban and Latin American collections.
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery
699 S. Mill Ave, Suite 108, Tempe, AZ 85281
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth, February 18–April 8, 2017
Coordinated by artist Luo Xiaoping Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth showcases works by 33 artists who represent different pottery regions across China. The ceramists included in this exhibition all have deep roots to tradition, but each adapts to change in his or her own way.
2017 Ceramic Studio Tour, February 25, 2017, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Now in its 16th year, ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center’s self-guided Ceramic Studio Tour is Valley-wide event showcasing the work of professional ceramic artists in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The tour offers the public an opportunity to view working and living spaces of participating artists and view demonstrations of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing techniques. Participating artists display a wide range of both functional and sculptural artwork on exhibit and for sale.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008
Hours: Open Daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults $22; Seniors $20; Students $12 (age 13-18); Children $10 (age 3-12) Children under 3 Free
Space in Between – Arizona, through February 12, 2017
Desert Botanical Garden and the ASU Art Museum have partnered to present Space in Between – Arizona, an exhibition of community-based sculptures conceptualized by internationally renowned artist Margarita Cabrera. Her works explore the economic, labor and cultural connections between the United States and Mexico. Cabrera aims to tell the stories of the Latino migrant community through art and images. The art in this exhibition will be produced during community workshops. The soft sculptures with story-telling embroidery look like indigenous desert plants in the Southwest. They will be created from border patrol uniforms, “planted” in Mexican terra cotta pots, and displayed in the Garden’s Ottosen Gallery.
Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Western POP, January 13-May 6, 2017
Big blue skies, rugged canyons, loyal horses, damsels in distress, ruthless gunslingers, savage Indians and handsome but tormented men wearing cowboy hats. Yep, that just about describes the basis for many western films and televisions shows of Hollywood’s golden age. Western POP peels back some of the history, mythology and popular culture layers to reveal the Western genre as ongoing narrative source for scholars, artists and film makers. The artworks, memorabilia, music and historical displays celebrate the nostalgia tied to the western genre and expose the facts and fiction about morality, race relations and economics in a complicated story that is the history of the American West.
Featured Artists: Dick Ayers, Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Braden, Brose Brothers Productions, Anne Coe, Rita Consing, Dwayne Hall, Luis Alfonzo Jimenez, Richard Lillis, Lon Megargee, Ed Mell, Douglas Miles, Mark Newport, William Clinton Schenk and Fritz Scholder.
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday 1-4:45 p.m.
Admission: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children $3 (6-17) Free on Sundays, Children under 6 Free
One World Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records, through May 31, 2017
One World, Many Voices is a comprehensive photographic, musical and historical exhibit of a unique record company. The exhibit showcases items from Canyon’s 65-year history, artist instruments, videos and more than 40 images of Canyon Records artists, including R. Carlos Nakai, Tony Duncan, Radmilla Cody and others, photographed by Robert Doyle, president of the company. It will also premiere original music composed exclusively for this exhibit. As a special interactive experience, guests can pose for pictures with the Canyon Records GRAMMY © Award. One World, Many Voices is an immersive experience that provides a detailed look at Native American recording artists, the record company that supports them, and how Robert Doyle brings it all together.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Canyon Records will host a series of six presentations of Native American music and dance at Pueblo Grande Museum during the duration of the exhibit from October 2016 to May 2017. Tickets for these special Sunday performances can be purchased in advance through pueblogrande.com (except November 13 and April 23) at a discounted rate of $10 or $12 at the Museum the day of the performance. Due to limited seating, tickets are required for all Sunday performances.
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