Through April 14
Angels and Carnivorous Flowers
Carrie Ann Baade‘s lush oil paintings link historical masterworks with contemporary experience. Her work mines images from antiquity to the modern era, and she uses these pieces as a foundation to construct surreal landscapes inhabited by otherworldly figures and electric flora and fauna.
Through April 14
Presented by Reyes Contemporary Art, the exhibition surveys the work of John Armstrong, Dorothy Fratt and Richard Hogan, contrasting their diverse processes of developing non-objective work. Alongside one another, these artists’ varying points of entry and foundations are highlighted and defined.
Through April 27
Subversive White contains all wavelengths of visible light, and in turn humans have deposited within it our multitudes of meanings, reflecting opposing and essential facets of human experience. The artists on view pull at the veil of whiteness to reveal the phantasms within: false notions of ethnicity and biology; “purity” as a cover for complicity; the persistent menace of erasure.
Through April 30
Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain & Other Myths
Guests can experience three multi-sensory works by the artist that explore themes of identity, melancholia, repetition and popular culture.
Through May 11
This group show features works by Chul Hyun Ahn, Dion Johnson, and Eric Zammitt. Working across disciplines including fluorescent lights, mirrors and acrylic paint, the artists expand our understanding of both the complexity and variant nature of color and how it operates within a two and three-dimensional surface.
Through May 19
Now Playing: Video 1999-2019
Featuring video art from then last 20 years, works by 11 international artists transform the gallery into a space dedicated to the moving image.
Through May 26
Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place
The exhibition showcases over 100 works of art created in the tradition of Islam by both Muslim and non-Muslim artists.
Through May 27
Josef Albers in Mexico
The exhibition illustrates the influence and connectivity between the work of Albers and the abstracted geometric vocabulary of pre-Columbian art, architecture and material culture.
Through June 23
Photographs by Barry Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection
This exhibition features the largest collection of photos by Senator Goldwater and include intimate family photos and personal items.
Through September 3
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition
The exhibition features 40 real human and animal mummies plus 85 rare artifacts, providing a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world. Dramatic displays and multi-media stations take guests on a 4,500-year journey to understand the creation, origins and history of past cultures.
Through September 8
Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist
Pelton, a pioneer of 20th century American abstraction, painted conventional desert landscapes to make a living. However, it was her abstract studies of earth and light, biomorphic compositions of delicate veils, shimmering stars and atmospheric horizon lines that distinguished her work.
Through September 15
The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon
The exhibition shares the untold story of the invention of the electric guitar, an instrument that revolutionized music and popular culture forever.
Through October 6
Yayoi Kusama: You Who Are Getting Obliterated
in the Dancing Swarms of Fireflies
One of Kusama’s more whimsical works, the installation is inspired by a Japanese folktale about a person in a field with 10,000 fireflies. Installed in a dark room lined with mirrors on every surface and strands of looping LED lighting suspended from the ceiling, the piece brings the fairy tale to life.
Through December 15
The exhibition features abstract works by American modernists Raymond Jonson (1891–1982), Emil Bisttram (1895–1976), and Stuart Walker (1904–1940), all of whom were members of the Transcendental Painting Group (TPG). Founded in 1938 by Jonson, the short-lived collective of artists promoted abstract, non-representational painting that explored the connection between art, spirituality, and the metaphysical world.
Through January 1, 2020
Janel Garza: Environ
The new mural unveiled at SMoCA, titled Environ, was designed to reflect multiple features that directly surround the space. Each aspect of the courtyard where it resides is taken into consideration. Pulling simple abstract shapes and colors from each of these inﬂuences created one cohesive and ﬂuid design.