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Tonight: SMoCA Goes Behind the Scenes of Extended Collapse

This summer, Coblentz and the team at SMoCA opened the doors for the summer season with work by Han and Mihalyo, and tonight, she's giving the public a look behind the scenes at their groundbreaking architectural installation, video, and visual artwork that tells another story about the Scottsdale museum and its surroundings.

Coblentz says the Seattle-based artists were careful to spend a great amount of time in Phoenix and at SMoCA before conceptualizing Extended Collapse, which she describes as response to the context of SMoCA's gallery space -- both past and present.

The work inhabits two of SMoCA's spaces; a glowing marquee and abandoned ticket booth stand one of the gallery rooms; another room houses ceramic movie seats surrounded by shattered debris. Between the two rooms is a small walk-in video space where visitors can watch the artists' first major video installation.

"What Annie and Dan feel very strongly about is that Extended Collapse is not a criticim, but an exploration," says Coblentz.

She says the work is a reflection of the building's history (as the location used to house a movie theater), and a commentary on the culture and environment in Scottsdale and around the country.

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Extended Collapse is the museum's second installment of the Architecture + Art series, which commissions artists to enter and respond to the Scottsdale space. In 2010, SMoCA hosted a site-specific installation by local architects, Cy Keener and Jay Atherton

Hear Coblentz tell the story of the sculpture, video, and installation work at 6:30 p.m at SMoCA, 7374 E. Second St. in Scottsdale. For more information, see the SMoCA website

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