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7374 E. Second St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | Central Scottsdale | 480-994-2787

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The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art [SMoCA] is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture, and design.

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