Love it or hate it, this Friday, January 20, will be all about politics. But don’t settle for sitting around watching inauguration day coverage or scrolling through social media diatribes. Instead, get out the door and see what local artists have to offer. This month in particular, there’s a lot to see, including exhibitions inspired by presidential politics. Here’s a guide to several of the exhibitions worth hitting this Third Friday – organized by region to make your inauguration day just a tad less maddening.
“Nasty Women: Phoenix Unite”
Head to Grand ArtHaus for a new iteration of the “Nasty Women” exhibition that opened on January 14, featuring new works created to replace those sold on opening night. (Artists can submit works through 5 p.m. on January 19.) The exhibition is free until 7 p.m., when dance performances begin. From 7 to 9 p.m., admission is a $2 to $10 donation to Planned Parenthood Arizona. Get more information on the exhibition Facebook page.
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Third Friday, The Lodge Art Studio presents new drawings and a retrospective spanning 20 years for Joe Brklacich, who's been a member of the studio for a decade. It's your last chance to see his work for a while, as he gets ready to take a hiatus. Find details on The Lodge Art Studio Facebook page.
See Jeremy Thomas' hollow, inflated steel sculptural works, which reflect an “ongoing dialogue between material, form, and the artist’s hand,” at Bentley Gallery. Third Friday hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the Bentley Gallery Facebook page.
“Pancakes and Booze Art Show”
Head to The Duce for a hefty dose of art mixed with frivolity, booze, and pancakes. The group exhibition, featuring pieces by local artists working in various media, happens on Third Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Find more information on the exhibition Facebook page.
See early works by several women artists who have artworks displayed around the Found:RE Phoenix, where Third Friday offerings will be on view in a hotel gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Get details on the exhibition Facebook page.
Head to the Shortcut Gallery, an exhibition space shared by Phoenix General and the Framed Ewe, to see photographic works by Nancy Miller that create beautiful blends of abstraction with architectural lines. Third Friday hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Find more information on the Phoenix General Facebook page.
Explore works by Claire Warden, recipient of a prestigious artist grant from the Contemporary Forum support organization for Phoenix Art Museum, at the Stark Gallery located on the campus of Xavier College Preparatory. Third Friday hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Learn more on the Stark Gallery website.
Stop by Practical Art to check out sculptural works by Andrew King, which reflect the constant flux at the heart of human existence. Third Friday hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Get details on the Practical Art website.
Read on for Roosevelt Row art shows this Third Friday.
“Man + Nature”
See new works by Aileen Frick, who infuses landscapes and scenes of everyday life with intriguing textual elements that create new meanings and layers of visual interest. Third Friday hours for her solo exhibition at monOrchid are 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more on the monOrchid Facebook page.
“Tooth & Nail”
Linger over works by David Dauncey, presented by Amy Young of Perihelion Arts (who's also a New Times contributor), as well as works by Los Angeles artist Charles Swenson, who began his career working with Charles Eames. Third Friday hours at Modified Arts are 6 to 9 p.m. Get more information on the Modified Arts website.
See small works by various artists, including several rarely shown during First and Third Friday exhibits, featured in this exhibition at the Herberger Gallery at the Arizona Center. Third Friday hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Learn more on the Herberger Theater Center website.
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art presents the latest exhibition in its "Onloaded 4" series in one of three shipping container galleries in Roosevelt Row, which features a new body of work by Chris Jagmin. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Find details on the phICA website.
“A Domestic Ritual”
Artist Ashley Czajkowksi, a member of the Eye Lounge artist collective, presents photographic works created with media that include her own saliva. Third Friday hours at Eye Lounge are 6 to 10 p.m. Learn more on the Eye Lounge Facebook page.
“Nasty, Noisy, Knitting, Naked Women”
Fine Art Complex 1101 presents an exhibition of works steeped in the controversy surrounding last year’s presidential election and its outcome. Third Friday hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Get more information on the exhibition Facebook page.
Explore quirky yet pristine photographic works by Richard Kimbrough in this solo exhibition curated by Robrt Pela, owner of R. Pela Contemporary Art and New Times contributor. Third Friday hours at Walter Gallery are 6 to 9 p.m. Find details on the Walter Gallery website.