Fear of a Red Planet
When the Heard Museum underwent renovations, it removed a 2000 mural by Steve Yazzie from its original location in the museum. Yazzie is a Phoenix multidisciplinary artist of Najavo (Diné), Laguna Pueblo, and European descent. His mural, titled Fear of a Red Planet: Relocation and Removal, was preserved, and several panels were part of Yazzie’s “Black White Blue Yellow (BWBY)” exhibition, which ran from February 3 to March 12 and gave museum visitors a chance to see the mural up close for the first time.
ASU alumna Krista Elrick spent a decade retracing the path of famed naturalist and artist John James Audubon, where she found landscapes scarred by commerce and other human activity. Elrick’s work was featured in the “Retracing Audubon: Contemporary Views” exhibition curated by Liz Allen for Northlight Gallery. Inside a community gallery, they showed works that Phoenix artist Averian Chee created for the Standing Rock Sioux protest of the Dakota access pipeline, and involved other artists and advocates in addressing contemporary environmental issues.
Light-infused kites resembling mysterious sea creatures filled the night sky over the Scottsdale Waterfront along the Arizona Canal as Scottsdale Public Art presented Canal Convergence from February 23 to 26. One of two installations by French artists Porté par le vent, the piece's balletic movements and primordial feel left viewers mesmerized along the Scottsdale Waterfront.
Lisa Sette Gallery
As artists across the globe created work in response to the shifting political landscape in and beyond America, Lisa Sette Gallery delivered an elegant exploration of issues at the heart of contemporary rhetoric. Her “Tell Me Why, Tell Me Why, Tell Me Why (Why Can’t We Live Together?)” exhibition ran from March 4 to April 29 and featured work by 12 artists “addressing narratives of difference and resentment as well as hope and beauty.”
Mesa Arts Center
The arts development group called [nueBOX], which relocated from Phoenix Center for the Arts to Mesa Arts Center in 2016, presented a collaborative performance called Roda-Vida during the center’s Spark! Festival of Creativity. It featured works by three [nueBOX] artists-in-residence, including choreographer Jenny Garcia, musician Chazmier Tyler, and visual artist Rossitza Todorova.
Read on for more of the best visual art of 2017 so far.