Release Date: Monday, September 10th 2012
Fall arts 2012: Top 10 picks for visual arts in metro Phoenix
by Randy Cordova and Kerry Lengel
"Think globally, view locally" might be the catch-phrase for visual arts in the Valley, where museums and galleries will be featuring the best home-grown work as well as a diverse array from around the country and the world. Here are our top 10 picks.
Fall arts guide 2012-13
To mark the fifth year of the Tempe Center for the Arts, this exhibition is devoted to wood, which is the traditional anniversary gift for five-year unions. The wide-ranging exhibit features works on, inspired by or about wood. Twenty-four artists are featured, including J. Paul Fennell, Mitch Fry, Roger Asay, Rebecca Davis and Shirley Wagner.
Details: Through Saturday, Jan. 5. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Free. 480-350-2822, tempe.gov.
The centerpiece of this exhibit by East Coast artists Tim Tate and Marc Petrovic is a collaborative series on the Seven Deadly Sins that incorporates found objects and tiny video screens with traditional blown-glass techniques. "Vanity" even includes a camera -- to project the viewer's face onto the screen. Press the button to hear a a voice say, "You look fabulous!"
Details: Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Jan. 6. Mesa Contemporary Arts, 1 E. Main St. Free. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.
'Trajectory: Miguel Palma'
The exhibit includes the "Desert Initiative Remote Shuttle," a high-tech vehicle that aids in examining the meaning of place, and how that changes through time. In addition to the shuttle, the exhibit features projections of images the vehicle has taken and a collection of 100 media pieces by Palma, a Portuguese artist.
Details: Saturday, Sept. 29, through Saturday, Feb. 9. ASU Art Museum, 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. Free. 480-965-0014, asuevents.asu.edu/trajectory-miguel-palma.
'Chaos Theory 13'
Some folks complain that Phoenix's First Fridays art walks are more about the party than the art. Well, this unofficial season kickoff is about both. Every October, pop artist Randy Slack invites the top names from the downtown scene to contribute a single piece for his bash at Legend City Studios, then throws in wine, snacks and live music to facilitate schmoozing. It's a great survey of the diversity of work being created by Phoenix artists.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Legend City Studios, 521 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Free. 602-321-2887, randyslack.com.
'Navajo Code Talkers: Photographs by Kenji Kawano'
Speaking their native language, Navajo Code Talkers helped the United States achieve victory in the Pacific during World War II. Photographer Kenji Kawano, named the official photographer of the Navajo Nation, has been photographing Code Talkers for more than 20 years. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with "Native Words, Native Warriors," which tells the stories of Indians who aided the military.
Details: Saturday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, March 3. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $7.50-$15; American Indians and age 6 and younger free. 602-252-8848, heard.org.
38th Anniversary ArtWalk
The Scottsdale Gallery Association launches a new fall bash to celebrate nearly four decades of its weekly Thursday walking tour events. The event features street food, live music and artist demonstrations along with show openings at three dozen member galleries, which show everything from traditional Western imagery to upscale contemporary art.
Details: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. Main Street and Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Free. scottsdalegalleries.com.
'Don't Fence Me In: Ludvic Paints the West'
One-name artist Ludvic is best known for his abstract sculptures and his Warholian portraits of Marilyn Monroe, but the African-born New Yorker roves all over the genre map. In this exhibit, he puts his own spin on Western realism, reinterpreting the mythic imagery of "cowboys and Indians."
Details: Saturday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 6. Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg. $7.50; $6 seniors; free for age 17 and younger. 928-684-2272, westernmuseum.org.
'Architecture + Art: Hector Zamora'
Born in Mexico City and based in Brazil, Zamora has created installations that explore the meeting ground between the natural landscape and the constructed world. This is the latest entry in SMOCA's ongoing "Architecture + Art" series.
Details: Saturday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 27. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. $5-7; free for age 15 and younger. 480-874-4666, smoca.org.
Bentley Projects expansion
Scottsdale's loss is Phoenix's gain as art dealer Bentley Calverley closes down her 22-year-old Bentley Gallery in October to consolidate operations at Bentley Projects, the warehouse space she opened in 2004. Calverley cites the economy as one reason for the move but also says the downtown art scene has taken off in recent years and makes a better home for her high-end contemporary artists. The new Bentley Gallery will debut with an exhibit featuring internationally known Japanese-American sculptor and ceramic artist Jun Kaneko, opening Nov. 9.
Details: Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St., Phoenix. 602-340-9200, bentleyprojects.com.
'Order, Chaos and the Space Between: Contemporary Latin American Art'
Drawn from the Diane and Bruce Hall Collection, the exhibit presents modern works by Latin American artists who question the nature of the creative process. Included are photographs, installations, pieces on canvas and sculptures.
Details: Wednesday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, May 5. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. $6-$15; free for age 6 and younger. 602-257-1222, phxart.org.