Tempe’s Art Exhibitions

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.

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Browse the list below of current and upcoming art exhibitions on display in Tempe:

ASU Art Museum
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.
51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 965-2787
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. during academic semesters; closed Sunday, Monday and university holidays. Free admission.

Bajo Presión/Under Pressure, January 2-July 14, 2018
Early and mid-20th-century Mexican art is characterized by a powerful blend of politics and revolutionary spirit, pre-Columbian and indigenous art influences, and modernism in both art and life. Bajo Presión/Under Pressure  is drawn from  the ASU Art Museum’s collection and  includes paintings and prints by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Leopoldo Méndez and Rufino Tamayo among others.

SABER ACOMODARMarch 17-June 30, 2018
SABER ACOMODAR is a landmark exhibition that, for the first time, tells the story of art from the state of Jalisco in Mexico. The exhibition focuses on the last hundred years of production and showcases collaborations between artists and artisans (potters, carpenters, blacksmiths, jewelers, sign painters and printmakers) who work and live in western Mexico. The result of these intersections is the integration of contemporary ideas, precolonial techniques and methods introduced by the Spanish. SABER ACOMODAR  is comprised of work by 25 artists, most of whom are from Guadalajara.

Indwelling, July 28-December 8, 2018
Yuri Kobayashi’s  solo exihibition, Indwelling combines traditional woodworking practices and refined Japanese aesthetics to create sculptures that reflect her identity, experiences and thoughts.  In the five artworks that comprise Indwelling,  Kobayashi has striven to embody the surprise and wonder found in the impalpable and often illogical world in which we live. With multiple wooden components, handcrafted with close attention to detail, each work represents an attempt to decipher and represent, in abstract form, this perpetual desire to represent the ineffable. The most recent installation was created while Kobayashi participated in ASU Art Museum’s Artist Residency.

A Bigger Plan, July 28-September 1, 2018
A Bigger Plan is a two-part solo exhibition of Euan MacDonald, a Los Angeles-based artist whose works span a wide spectrum of artistic disciplines, from video to painting. The first part of the exhibition, Side B, is on view July 28-September 1.  Side B marks the first survey of MacDonald’s videos and includes formative and groundbreaking works that explore the dynamics of change and the effects of time, sound, duration and chance on pictorial and social conditions. The second part, Side A is on view September 15-December 1. It features an immersive video installation that layers pre-psychedelic patterning from the end pages of 18th, 19th and early 20th century books in the open stacks of ASU Hayden Library.

Pop/Funk: Warhol and Frey, August 25-December 29, 2018
Two artists, two coasts, two media — Andy Warhol and Viola Frey were central to two movements which reinvented art in the 20th century by embracing popular culture, mass-produced images and objects, bold silhouettes and colors. The pop and funk movements, although deeply linked, predominantly took place on opposite coasts where the artists resided (Viola Frey in the Bay Area and Andy Warhol in New York). Both of these solo exhibitions feature Warhol’s prints and photographs and Frey’s ceramic sculptures and are drawn entirely from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection.

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery
The Ceramics Research Center has one of the largest 20th century and contemporary ceramic collections in the United States. It’s holdings demonstrate the full range of technique, aesthetic approaches and possibilities within the medium. In addition to displaying it’s permanent collection, the Ceramics Research Center features three to five exhibitions on important movements and artists who have made significant contributions in the ceramics field.
699 S. Mill Ave., Suite 108, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 965-2787
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Free admission

The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons Magazine 1941–1979, March 24-September 15, 2018
During its nearly 40 years in print, Craft Horizons documented the craft movement as it happened. This exhibition pairs works from ASU Art Museum’s collection that were created by artists featured in the magazine with articles, reviews and letters from readers to reveal the key role Craft Horizons played in the development of craft in the United States from 1941–1979.

Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts
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.
700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 350-2822
Hours:  Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Free admission

draw exhibit, May 25-September 1, 2018
This summer the Gallery highlights the arts and sciences behind the tradition of drawing. Drawing is an important part of the process for people who work  in creative fields such as visual art, fashion design and architecture, etc. This exhibition and accompanying programs for all ages explores a broad spectrum of creative media, styles and techniques that incorporate drawing. It features a variety of “mark-making” styles and media from traditional pencil, ink, paint and charcoal to computer drawings and robotic designs.

Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden is home to one of the most extensive living collections of the world’s desert plants. Unusual plants including giant cacti, century plants and others in a natural setting create a striking visual treat. The Garden also features world-class art exhibitions, festive events,  outdoor concerts and fascinating classes.
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008 | (480) 941-1225
Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. October – April
7 a.m. – 8 p.m. May – September
Admission: Adult: $24.95 | Youth (3 – 17) $12.95 | Children under 3 are admitted free.

Electric Desert, October 12, 2018 – May 12, 2019
Electric Desert is a light and sound experience by Klip Collective. Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime exhibition,which takes visitors on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music. Electric Desert features six site-specific locations, with each experience inspired by and related to the Garden.

Pueblo Grande Museum
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.
4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 | (602) 495-0901
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

Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales,  October 26, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Hear the untold stories of pottery sherds and discover what these pieces of the past can reveal. Learn how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales.  Visitors usually see the most unique and complete pottery vessels of a museums’ collection on display. They seldom see the thousands of broken pottery fragments called ‘sherds’ that are preserved in storage. Using local and traded examples, Fragments invites visitors to see how sherds help archaeologists piece together new ideas about the ancestral O’Odham, more commonly known as the Hohokam. This exhibition will feature sherds that connect the Hohokam with their neighbors across the Southwest and northern Mexico during the time of the European Renaissance.

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