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10 Art Exhibits to See in Phoenix Right Now

See diverse interpretations of landscapes at FOUND:RE Phoenix.
See diverse interpretations of landscapes at FOUND:RE Phoenix. FOUND:RE Phoenix


There’s a little something for everyone in metro Phoenix galleries and museums this summer, whether you're into social justice, self-enlightenment, or space exploration.

Here’s a quick look at 10 exhibits where you can see artwork by more than 100 artists, including dozens based right here in metro Phoenix.

click to enlarge Rodrigo de Toledo, The Mind’s Cave, gouache and ink on watercolor paper, 30 x 28 inches. - MESA CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM
Rodrigo de Toledo, The Mind’s Cave, gouache and ink on watercolor paper, 30 x 28 inches.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

'The Myth of the Incomplete Self'

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Through August 8

Flagstaff-based artist Rodrigo de Toledo spent more than 10 years creating a personal mythology shared through visual iconography that reflects the influence of personal experience, ancient symbolism, and mass media. Get a good look during his solo exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.


'Annual Summer Exhibition'

Bentley Gallery

Through August 13

See works by more than three dozen artists, including many who create with unexpected materials such as glitter, hook and eye fasteners, lava, Mylar, and accumulated smoke. The summer exhibition at Bentley Gallery features an intriguing mix of primarily abstract artworks.

click to enlarge See work by Daniel Friedman (left) and Kimberly Harris in the Five15 Arts exhibit. - FIVE15 ARTS
See work by Daniel Friedman (left) and Kimberly Harris in the Five15 Arts exhibit.
Five15 Arts

'Plus One'

Five15 Arts at Chartreuse

Through August 29


Artists in the Five15 Arts collective are presenting the latest iteration of a longtime tradition, a group exhibition that includes their own works plus pieces by artists they’ve invited to show alongside them. Expect an eclectic assortment of ceramics, painting, photography, and other mediums.

click to enlarge Checking out the "Explore: Go Boldly" exhibit in Tempe. - TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Checking out the "Explore: Go Boldly" exhibit in Tempe.
Tempe Center for the Arts

'Explore: Go Boldly'

The Gallery at TCA

Through September 11


Walking into The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts, you’ll see Star Trek figures created by Devorah Sperber suspended near an interactive sonic sculpture by Joe Willie Smith. There’s also Roy Wasson Valle’s installation rooted in imaginings about humans living on Mars, plus additional works united by the themes of space and exploration.

click to enlarge Merryn Omotayo Alaka and Sam Fresquez, Double Take, 2021. Kanekalon hair and braid clamps, steel, wire, 81 × 59 × 59 inches. - LISA SETTE GALLERY
Merryn Omotayo Alaka and Sam Fresquez, Double Take, 2021. Kanekalon hair and braid clamps, steel, wire, 81 × 59 × 59 inches.
Lisa Sette Gallery

'Things We Carry'

Lisa Sette Gallery

Through September 25

See how three artists explore identity and self-expression at Lisa Sette Gallery. Angela Ellsworth used thousands of corsage pins to create sculptures influenced by her Mormon upbringing. Collaborators Merryn Omotayo Alaka and Sam Fresquez used synthetic hair and braid cuffs to address public expectations for women of color.

'Small Wonders'

Heard Museum

Through September 26

This exhibition of small-scale artworks includes jewelry and other objects drawn from the Heard Museum’s collection. Created with silver, gold, and a variety of gemstones, these works are beautifully crafted. Several of the rings, brooches, and earrings feature animal designs, and there’s a selection of silver miniatures ranging from a yo-yo by Daniel Sunshine Reeves (Navajo) to a teapot by Darrell Jumbo (Navajo).

'Future Ecologies'

The Gallery at Mountain Shadows

August 3 to September 30

Through woven tapestries, videos, and both found and crafted objects, artist Erika Lynne Hanson considers the possibilities of place. For this exhibition at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows, she’ll show works exploring climate, ecology, and desert life in relation to human temporality.

'XSCAPE'

FOUND:RE Phoenix

Through November 14

Works by more than 50 Arizona-based artists are on view in public spaces throughout FOUND:RE Phoenix, where the “XSCAPE: Landscapes, Cityscapes and Mindscapes” lineup includes Fausto Fernandez, Jill Friedberg, Hyewon Hong, Marilyn Szabo, and Chris Vena. Expect a mix of sculpture, mixed media, photography, painting, and more.

click to enlarge Marion Palfi, Los Angeles, Anti Klan Meeting Where Klan Did Strike, 1946- 1949. Gelatin silver print. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: Marion Palfi Archive/Gift of the Menninger Foundation and Martin Magner. - © CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY, ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS.
Marion Palfi, Los Angeles, Anti Klan Meeting Where Klan Did Strike, 1946- 1949. Gelatin silver print. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: Marion Palfi Archive/Gift of the Menninger Foundation and Martin Magner.
© Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

'Freedom Must Be Lived'

Phoenix Art Museum

Through January 2, 2022

Phoenix Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson organized this exhibition of  photographs by Marion Palfi, who used her camera to document economic, racial, and social inequalities after immigrating from Germany to the U.S. during World War II. These photographs are part of the center's archives at the University of Arizona.

click to enlarge Installation view of "Voice-Over: Zineb Sedira" at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. - CLAIRE A. WARDEN
Installation view of "Voice-Over: Zineb Sedira" at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Claire A. Warden

'Voice-Over'

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Through January 30, 2022

See how London-based Zineb Sedira, a French-born Algerian artist, recreated her living room inside Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for this exhibition that elucidates the ways culture can serve as a form of protest. Themes addressed in her work include migration, hybridized identities, and environmental impacts of globalization.
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