First Loves, Wishes, and Rock & Roll at SMoCA's Spring Opening on Friday

This Friday, ribbons, dancing, and profile sketching will take over the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art as it hosts its annual Spring Opening.

The free event, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., will showcase three new exhibitions: Dance With Camera, Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, and Imagining Dance in the [email protected] gallery. It will be a chance to and rub elbows with a few of our own local artist celebs, as well as Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander and New York's New Museum Director of Special Projects and Curator-at-Large Richard Flood.

And more than chatting it up with Neuenschwander, SMoCA's offering a chance for visitors to participate with her art ...

Neuenschwander's "A Day Like Any Other" features two interactive pieces.

In "First Love," volunteers will be asked to describe lovers to a forensic sketch artist. Each sitting takes time, as the volunteer will be asked to describe, in detail, the physical features of his or her first love. The two-hour appointments are available Thursdays and Saturdays beginning February 12 through June 5, 2011. (For more info and to reserve a spot, call 480-874-4666.)

Guests can also participate in "I Wish Your Wish," which features a wall strung with hundreds of ribbons (like the ones pictured above). Each is inscribed with a wish that's been collected as the show travels. Participants will be asked to write down a wish in exchange for taking a ribbon that's meant to be worn and weathered.

The evening will also include live performances by the Metropolitan Arts Institute dance students that will be scheduled throughout the night as well as a free photo booth, as well as an event finale performance by Rock & Roll Dance Patrol.

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is at 7374 East Second St. in Scottsdale. For more information about the opening, visit SMoCA's website or call 480-874-4666

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