The creative enterprise, which brings art to new audiences through ticketed shows, launched with a pop-up space in San Diego during 2017. This will be the company’s first multiyear commitment.
They’ll have about 16,000 square feet of space, in a portion of the mall once occupied by Harkins Theatres. Harkins relocated to the upper level of the east section of the mall in late 2015.
Wonderspaces worked with Scottsdale-based Sixty First Place Architects on the design, which includes several galleries and a small bar. They plan to present three art shows a year in Scottsdale, each comprising more than a dozen interactive or immersive artworks.
“There used to be an old guard of classical institutions, and those are still important,” Noble says. “But there’s a bunch of new work emerging that doesn’t fit with that model.”
First up for Wonderspaces in Scottsdale will be “Point of View,” which includes works previously shown in San Diego. The exhibition will run through mid-July
“Point of View” comprises 13 installations, including Squidsoup’s Submergence, a light-based work shown at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in 2018. "Point of View" also includes a virtual reality experience called Dinner Party, created by Angel Soto, Laura Wexler, and Charlotte Stoudt.
The company is also planning shows in several additional cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Miami, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.
For Noble, Wonderspaces is part of a larger trend within the art world. “We are in a technology and art movement,” she says. “It’s really important to have these experiential spaces.”