13 Art Shows to See in Metro Phoenix During Spring 2016

Artwork featured in "Monstalgia" at ASU's Harry Wood Gallery.
Artwork featured in "Monstalgia" at ASU's Harry Wood Gallery.
ASU Institute for Humanities Research

There’s a little something for everyone in this season’s crop of exhibitions, which explore everything from monsters to immigration. Some are distinguished by the significance of the artists whose lives they reflect, such as Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo and 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Others stand out because of the media used by featured artists, such as repurposed bubble wrap and acrylic braided ribbon. Whatever your taste in art, it’s likely at least a couple of these shows will strike your fancy.

“Monstalgia”
ASU Harry Wood Gallery
Through February 14

This exhibition explores various types of creatures in contemporary art through the lens of nostalgia (“a longing for home that no longer exists”) and solstalgia (“a longing for life before environmental change and all its ramifications”), while considering how the “problem” of the monstrous in life and art is affected by memory and remembrance. Curated by MA candidate Kev Nemelka, it’s being presented by ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research. Find more information on the ASU Events website.

Photos by Nickolas Muray (Fida Kahlo in Blue Blouse; Frida with Magenta Rebozo, The Classic; and Frida, Pink/Green Blouse, Coyoacan) exhibited at Bentley Gallery.EXPAND
Photos by Nickolas Muray (Fida Kahlo in Blue Blouse; Frida with Magenta Rebozo, The Classic; and Frida, Pink/Green Blouse, Coyoacan) exhibited at Bentley Gallery.
Courtesy of Bentley Gallery

“Mirror, Mirror: Rare Photographs of Frida Kahlo”
Bentley Gallery
Through February 27

This exhibition features more than 20 vintage photographs of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, taken by a variety of notable 20th century photographers including Lucienne Bloch, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Fritz Henie, Guillermo Kahlo, Leo Matiz, Nickolas Muray, and Carl Van Vechten. Find more information on the Bentley Gallery website.

Rachel Bess, Peeling Off the Darkness, 2015, oil on panel.EXPAND
Rachel Bess, Peeling Off the Darkness, 2015, oil on panel.
Lisa Sette Gallery

"Rachel Bess  and Charlotte Potter"
Lisa Sette Gallery
Through February 27

Lisa Sette presents recent works by two artists, Rachel Bess and Charlotte Potter, exploring personal identity and digital personae. Arizona-based Bess creates modern-day vanitas and still-lifes in oil on panel. Virginia-based Potter creates sculpture and installation work using traditional forms of glassworking. We’re also looking forward to Sette’s April 23 to June 25 exhibition of works by Carrie Marill and Kim Cridler. Find more information on the Lisa Sette Gallery website.

Detail of Bradley Hart's American Gothic Interpreted (Injection), acrylic and bubble wrap, 2014.EXPAND
Detail of Bradley Hart's American Gothic Interpreted (Injection), acrylic and bubble wrap, 2014.
Lynn Trimble

“Ecosystem by Bradley Hart”
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Through March 27

This exhibition includes works by New York-based Canadian artist Bradley Hart, who uses syringes to inject acrylic paint into bubble wrap as part of his art practice exploring “society’s excessive use and dependence on disposable materials.” It includes not only works created with bubble wrap, but also pieces made using materials recycled from his artistic process – including dried paint. Find more information on the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum website.

Michelangelo, Study for the Apostles in the Transfiguration (Three Nudes), ca. 1532. Black chalk, pen and ink. Florence, Casa Buonarroti.EXPAND
Michelangelo, Study for the Apostles in the Transfiguration (Three Nudes), ca. 1532. Black chalk, pen and ink. Florence, Casa Buonarroti.
Casa Buonarroti

“Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane”
Phoenix Art Museum
Through March 27

This exhibition features 26 rare drawings and sketches by sculptor and painter Michelangelo. Each is part of the collection of Florence, Italy's Casa Buonarroti – a building once owned by the artist which is now the world’s largest repository for Michelangelo drawings, architectural studies, and memoirs. Exhibited works include figure studies, architectural drawings, and preparatory sketches for later paintings. Find more information on the Phoenix Art Museum website.

Gallery view of "11 Miles of Color" at Scottsdale Civic Center Library.EXPAND
Gallery view of "11 Miles of Color" at Scottsdale Civic Center Library.
Andrew Pielage

11 Miles of Color: Repurposing Spring Crossing”
Scottsdale Civic Center Library
Through April 30

This exhibition includes works by 11 artists from diverse disciplines who used acrylic braided ribbon repurposed from a previous public art installation by Randy Walker to create pieces that include a fence, a vessel, and a collection of mushrooms. Featured artists include Jeffrey DaCosta, Amber Doe, Valerie Fair, Sarah Hurwitz, Francine Kavanaugh, Kris Manzaneres, Sharie Monsam, Courtney Richter, Shawn Rost, Katharine Leigh Simpson, and Kristin Wolfe. Find more information on the Scottsdale Public Art website

Video by Sandra Ramos featured in the "Watertight" exhibit at ASU Art Museum.EXPAND
Video by Sandra Ramos featured in the "Watertight" exhibit at ASU Art Museum.
Lynn Trimble

“Watertight: Sandra Ramos”
ASU Art Museum
Through May 28

This exhibition features works in various media, including eight short video animations, exploring the complicated relationship between Cuba and the United States. Ramos’ work prompts reflection on “immigration, international borders, and shattered utopian dreams.” Find more information on the ASU Art Museum website.

 

Spencer Tunick, Brugge 1, 2005.EXPAND
Spencer Tunick, Brugge 1, 2005.
Courtesy of ASU Art Museum

“Participant”
ASU Art Museum
Through May 28

ASU Art Museum presents “Participant: Photographs by Spencer Tunick from the Stéphane Janssen Collection,” which includes more than 20 works blending photography with installation and performance. For more than two decades, Tunick has traveled the world creating staged images of nude figures in urban and rural settings. Local art collector Janssen has participated in several of these photography sessions, posing with a small group inside an art museum and with hundreds of others in the Dead Sea in Israel. Find more information on the ASU Art Museum website.

Works by Mitch Fry exhibited at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.EXPAND
Works by Mitch Fry exhibited at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Courtesy of the Phoenix Airport Museum

“Form Matters”
Phoenix Airport Museum
Through July 10

This exhibition includes wood sculptures by Mitch Fry, who uses geometric shapes (often spheres) and lines to “explore the symbiotic relationship between matter and form, the individual and the collective.” It also features the artist's detailed engineering drawings. Find more information on the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport website.

Betye Saar, Smiles We Left Behind, 1976. Mixed media assemblage, 13 3/4 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California. Copyright Betye Saar.
Betye Saar, Smiles We Left Behind, 1976. Mixed media assemblage, 13 3/4 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California. Copyright Betye Saar.
Courtesy of SMoCA

Upcoming Events

“Betye Saar: Still Tickin’”
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
January 30 to May 1

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art presents the first solo show by California artist Betye Saar in five years – a retrospective of her six-decade career featuring re-conceived installations as well as multimedia collages, assemblages, sculpture, and works on paper. The exhibition is divided into three sections exploring different themes: nostalgia and memory, mysticism and ritual, and the political and racial. Find more information on the SMoCA website.

"Moolah" by Michael Flechtner.EXPAND
"Moolah" by Michael Flechtner.
Courtesy of Chartreuse

"Pigment & Power"
Chartreuse Gallery
February 5 to 25

This exhibition features works by Paradise Valley artist Fred Tieken and Los Angeles artist Micheal Flechtner, who work in different media (painting for Tieken, 3D neon for Flechtner) but share a love for bold line, bright color, and text with pop imagery that reflects the foibles of contemporary society. Find more information on the Chartreuse website

Work by Hallie Mueller, one of several Five15 Arts artists showing work at Gallery Glendale.EXPAND
Work by Hallie Mueller, one of several Five15 Arts artists showing work at Gallery Glendale.
Hallie Mueller

“Five15 Arts Special Exhibit”
Gallery Glendale at Westgate
February 5 to 27

This exhibition features new and previously exhibited works by several artists from the Roosevelt Row artist collective Five15 Arts. Participating artists Samuel Dahl, Anne Howey-Falvey, Hallie Mueller, Michelle Terry-Helmick, and Joan C. Thompson create works in various media – including painting, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. Find more information on the Gallery Glendale website.

Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw), Panther Woman Gorget. Chased and repousséd fine silver, 24k Keum Boo, Larimar, Stingray Skin. Collection of the artist.EXPAND
Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw), Panther Woman Gorget. Chased and repousséd fine silver, 24k Keum Boo, Larimar, Stingray Skin. Collection of the artist.
Courtesy of Heard Museum

“Confluence”
Heard Museum
February 6 to April 17

“Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations” features work co-created by seven pairs of American Indian artists, each including one established artist and one emerging artist. Participating artists are working at the museum and the artists’ studios over the course of three months to create works of textile/fiber art, film, metal, painting, and fashion design. The exhibition will also include individual works created by each artist. Find more information on the Heard Museum website.

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Bentley Projects

215 E. Grant St.
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Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.
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Scottsdale Civic Center Library

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ASU Art Museum
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Westgate Entertainment District

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Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.
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Phoenix Airport Museum
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Harry Wood Gallery

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

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