10 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Metro Phoenix This Fall

The Phoenix Art Museum accepted submissions of mail art from around the world for "Focus Latin America: Art Is Our Last Hope."
The Phoenix Art Museum accepted submissions of mail art from around the world for "Focus Latin America: Art Is Our Last Hope."
Richard Baudet

As stores slowly switch out their stocks of beach towels and pool floaties for pumpkins, plastic ghouls, and even some fake snow-covered wreaths (for shame), something is happening in Phoenix that we care so much more about: Galleries and museums are presenting new exhibitions for fall.

It would be impossible for us to list every new exhibition cropping up in the Valley, but there are 10 shows that we are most excited to see this autumn.

See also: "Chaos Theory 15" Lineup Released; Show Opens Friday, October 3, at Legend City Studios

"Pushing Paper" Shemer Art Center & Museum Now through October 9

Paper can be so much more than that annoying thing that jams up your printer, and Juror John Risseeuw is about to prove that with "Pushing Paper." Director of ASU's Pyracantha Press Risseeuw plans to showcase paper's versatility in shape, sizes, and uses with works that are woven, carved, collaged, cut, cast, and more but all made of paper. A $7 donation is suggested upon admission. For more information, visit www.shemerartcenter.org/ .

Kaboom takes over a gallery at MCA.
Kaboom takes over a gallery at MCA.
Luster Kaboom

"Sideshow" Mesa Contemporary Arts Now through January 25

If you aren't already familiar with the work of Luster Kaboom (a.k.a. David Quan), just pick up any Best of Phoenix issue from the past few years or check out his Jackalope Ranch comic, and get ready to be transported to a whimsical and slightly creepy cartoon world. "Sideshow" at Mesa Contemporary Arts promises fright, monsters, and things that go bump in the night. Kaboom hints that there may be something more to these creatures than terror and fear. We guess you'll just have to go and find out for yourself. Admission is free to the public. For more information, visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com/.

"Down_Under_Side" Combine Studios Now through October 25

Alejandro Almanza Pereda, an international artist in residence at Combine Studios, aims to create tension with "Down_Under_Side". He has taken everyday objects and created precarious situations with them, leaving the viewer to imagine what could happen if the object's positions shifted just so. Pereda also used underwater still life scenes to question various aspects of modern architecture, such as the relationship between beauty and functionality in a structure. Admission is free. Visit asuevents.asu.edu for more information.



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