Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
recently unveiled the full list of offerings for its 2011-2012 season, and the lineup is a bit of a departure from recent shows.
Don't expect the stifled laughter provoked by a nude man frolicking the the snow in Dance With Camera
, the whimsical feel of creations by Sue Chenoweth
, or the comic book-inspired props of Jon Haddock
. The new season's taking a more streamlined and serious approach to modern art -- and don't mistake serious for boring.
One of the most prominent -- and outspoken -- artists on SMoCA's upcoming roster is Kiki Smith
, the noted feminist artist and daughter of late architectural designer Tony Smith.
As a child, Smith helped construct cardboard models with her siblings, which later grew into a passion for making delicate sculptures. Her eerily erotic fairy tale drawings of wolves and naked girls, bronze sculptures of flayed female bodies , video works, and some 5,000 snapshots will be in Smith's SMoCA exhibition.
Find out what else is on tap at SMoCA after the jump.
The 2011-2012 season starts with the annual People's Biennial, a somewhat controversial exhibition that pushes the boundaries of what separates "art" from "craft."
The traveling show highlights non-traditional works such as one of the stuffed critters found in Beatrice Moore's infamous Mutant Pinata Show
. Though there's one painting exhibition, much of the season relies on interactive, multimedia displays.
Taking a cue from their successful Architecture + Art program, January's "economy of means: toward humility in contemporary sculpture" is all about minimalism and streamlined modernism.
There's also a strong video component
to the season, not only with Smith's show but in the cleverly named, "artists tell stories (mostly about themselves)," and in a solo display of projections by former filmmaker Peter Sarkisian
And if all that isn't pushing the boundaries, the season concludes with a five-person group exhibition that involves the premiere of a new musical composition by Judd Greenstein.