10 Art Shows You Should See in Downtown Phoenix This Week

Work by Jonah Amadeus, who has an exhibition at ASU's Step Gallery.EXPAND
Work by Jonah Amadeus, who has an exhibition at ASU's Step Gallery.
Jonah Amadeus

Despite the blustering rhetoric emanating from so many politicians these days, it's hard to tell at times what each might actually do to address the challenges dealt with in contemporary culture. Fortunately, local artists aren't waiting around for someone else to tackle these issues.

Several exhibitions on view during First Friday, May 6, will likely prompt reflection, conversation, and perhaps even action on some of today's biggest issues — including protecting the environment, embracing gender diversity, and creating economic justice.

Of course, if you're only in it for the cool artwork, that's okay too. We've found 10 free exhibitions to help you get started. 

“For Closure”
Artist Jonah Amadeus explores the modern American landscape, addressing “The preconceptions, expectations, and reality of manifesting” what’s been called “The American Dream.” His time-based ceramic works and video installations being exhibited at ASU’s Step Gallery at Grant Street Studios consider the “personal costs of attachments and the lure of consumerism” while tackling issues such as class, income equality, environmental disaster, and memory. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the ASU Events website.

Work by Jeff Slim, whose solo exhibition is on view this month at monOrchid.
Work by Jeff Slim, whose solo exhibition is on view this month at monOrchid.
Jeff Slim

“Bilá Ashdlá' (Five Fingered People)"
Jeff Slim’s latest solo exhibition, happening at monOrchid’s Shade Gallery, includes not only works from two ongoing series, “Pollen Boy” and “Beyond the Reed,” but also works from his new “Beyond the Reed” series – which explore the Diné creation story while incorporating contemporary people representing what Slim calls “Navajo now.” In the adjacent Bokeh Gallery, monOrchid is showing works by students from Metropolitan Art Institute. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find more information on the monOrchid website.

Read on for new shows on Grand Avenue.


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