Wednesday, February 6: National Geographic Live! with Tim Laman and Ed Scholes @ Mesa Arts Center National Geographic, the official journal of the National Geographic Society, was once the king of dentists' waiting rooms and dusty school libraries. Lucky for it and us, now the publication's stunning visuals rock TV, the internet, and a live lecture series that brings the people behind the adventures to the forefront.
National Geographic Live: Birds of Paradise Revealed unveils the work of photographer and forest canopy researcher Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes as they captured the 39 species of birds of paradise. The duo shares tales, photos, and video of eight years in the wild of New Guinea documenting some of the world's most beautiful birds and their elaborate courting rituals. -- Jose Gonzalez
Thursday, February 7: "Order, Chaos, and the Space Between" @ Phoenix Art Museum In 1995, Diane and Bruce Halle began collecting Latin American art with a fairly flexible budget. Bruce is the founder and chairman of Discount Tire, and he and Diane, who live together in Phoenix, wanted to educate themselves and build a greater awareness for Latin American contemporary art.
Almost two decades later, the couple has one of the most impressive and notable collections of Latin American contemporary artwork that includes pieces by Gego, Félix Gonzalez-Torres, Matthias Goeritz, Jorge Macchi, Hélio Oiticica, and Doris Salcedo. And, lucky us, they've agreed to give the public a peek.
"Order, Chaos, and the Space Between" includes more than 50 works of art in a variety of media, including an installation of 30,000 individual black paper moths and butterflies that make up Carlos Amorales' Black Cloud. -- Claire Lawton