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Phoenix's arty set let out a collective squeal when news broke in mid-January that Sara Cochran, former modern and contemporary art curator at Phoenix Art Museum, would take a new curatorial position in the Valley as Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's associate director.

Cochran will make her first public appearance in her new role during SmoCA's spring opening festivities on Friday, February 7. Attendees will have a chance to mix and mingle with Cochran, museum curators, and featured artists at 7374 East Second Street, in addition to taking in the museum's freshest exhibitions.

Those include “The Five Senses,” which features the five works, each of which stimulates a different sense, from five artists (Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw, and Ernesto Neto Cardiff), and Bay Area artist Leslie Shows' collaged paintings in “Surfacing.”

Admission to the event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m., is free. Visit www.smoca.org or call 480-874-4655.


Fri., Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m., 2014
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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