This Friday, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will be a cool place to both see and be seen -- and not just because its proprietors keep the air conditioning at a chilly 72 degrees.
SMoCA will hold its annual Summer Opening Celebration, marking the beginning of the season and offering local art lovers a chance to not only check out two of the museum's newest exhibitions, but also to partake in both crafting and handcrafted cocktails.
The current comic book-oriented showcase IDIOS KOSMOS:KOINOS KOSMOS (featuring the reality-challenging works of illustrators Jon Haddock, Rory Hayes, Joe Sacco, and others) will serve as a backdrop as social sophisticates sip on spirits from a cash bar and local DJs spin up ambient soundscapes.
Both parts of the exhibit explore the Valley's overwhelming expansion over the past 50 years, and a tendency towards abandoning old edifices while rampantly increasing the sprawl with endless mini-malls, parking lots, and gleaming concrete-and-steel structures.
The building that houses SMoCA once served as a United Artists cinema, and Milhaly and Han riff on this fact by utilizing building wreckage from an old theater in either installation.
SMoCA's Summer Opening Celebration takes place at 7 p.m. at 7374 East Second Street in Scottsdale. Admission is free.