But several shows are opening on Thursday or Saturday night, too, which means you can take a few days to see everything instead of trying to cram it all in to one whirlwind night of gallery-hopping.
Here’s a look at new exhibitions opening on First Friday, organized by neighborhood to make seeing them more convenient, plus the lowdown on a few other openings you’ll want to explore.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, start with our list of must-see shows, which includes Lalo Cota’s first official exhibition in his new Roosevelt Row gallery and the latest “Video Crossings” installation at Phoenix Art Museum.
“The Plains of Sweet Regret”
Phoenix Art Museum opens a five-channel video installation by Mary Lucier that features a resonant electronic soundtrack by Earl Howard. The installation is a melancholic consideration of resilience and uninhabited places. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m., which includes free museum admission, musical performance at 8 p.m., and other activities. Get more information on the museum website.
“Love Passion Paint”
Lalo Cota continues the inaugural exhibition in his new MoVida 602 gallery and studio space. The invitational show includes work by Cota, as well as several additional artists including Thomas “Breeze” Marcus and Monica Villarreal. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the gallery Instagram page.
"Selected Ambient Works 86-18"
Abe Zucca Gallery presents new work by Phoenix artist Jeff Slim, plus live music by Ryan Dennison & The Dimensions and Pines of Torrey. Slim's work explores human interaction in modern times, while reflecting his "personal beliefs and portrayal of Navajo culture." First Friday hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Learn more on the artist's Instagram page. Also look for Jeff Slim's work at Songbird Coffee & Tea House.
Head to Step Gallery inside Grant Street Studios to see Christina Kemp’s master of fine arts thesis exhibition for ASU, which addresses the ways hand-labor can shift perceptions of time and value in a fast-paced, mechanized society. First Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Find more information on the ASU Events website.
The Icehouse is showing large-scale abstract work by Joe Holdren, plus an exhibition of work by Yuko Yabuki, an artist whose diverse influences include pop culture, fantasy, and her Japanese cultural heritage. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get details on the Facebook event page.
The Hive Art Gallery is showing new work by Laura Menardi, who explores the impact of trauma on gene expression. While you’re there, check out zines and artwork by various creatives at Wasted Ink, and other activities. Find more information on the venue's Facebook page.
See work in various media by dozens of artists based in Arizona or New Mexico, during this 6 to 10 p.m. exhibition at Grand ArtHaus, which is being presented by Monique Sanderson-Mata. Participating artists include JB Snyder, Tato Caraveo, Lucinda Yrene, and Jeremy Arvisu. The evening also includes music, poetry, and spoken word. There’s even an after-party, happening at ThirdSpace from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
InFocus Members’ Exhibition
InFocus, the fine art photography support organization for Phoenix Art Museum, is presenting dozens of photographs at The Studio at Found:RE Phoenix. Featured work includes abstracts, landscapes, and portraits. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
“Birds of a feather my Sister and Me”
Practical Art is presenting work by artists and sisters Sherrie Zeitlin and Claudia Z Burton. First Friday hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Get more information on the Facebook event page.
“Candids, Creatures & Connections”
First Studio is showing work by Andy Kay, Sarah Richards, and Tess Mosko Scherer, a trio of artists who use different media and explore vastly different themes. First Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
New City Studio presents a group show featuring several artists working in diverse media to address their own interpretation of the "bloom" theme. First Friday hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Get details on the Facebook event page.