Through June 9
Mexican Photographers, Mexican Views
The exhibition features more than 60 photographs created solely by Mexican artists that offer an intimate view into 20th-century Mexico and the country’s shifting national identity. The works showcase a range of photographic techniques used in 20th-century Mexican photography and include pastoral landscapes, portraits of indigenous peoples and images of everyday rural life.
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 June 30
Curated by John Reyes, Under Construction is a group exhibition of four artists whose work explores various ways that form and material relay meaning beyond simply the physical. Including the works of visual artists Turner G. Davis, Casey Farina, Elysia Holland Michaelsen and Patricia Sannit, the exhibition spans the mediums of video, sculpture, painting and drawing.
Through July 7
Julio César Morales: Invaders
Morales, the 2018 Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award recipient, is known for exploring the movement of people, narcotics, contraband and American popular culture across the U.S.-Mexico border. Featuring multimedia installations, mixed-media drawings and paintings and photography, the mid-career survey depicts life along the border without adopting a moral position, instead capturing people as they are, living in a liminal space where there is no right or wrong, only tactics of survival.
Through July 13
In the Absence of Color
After the Color Spectrum show, Bentley Gallery presents In the Absence of Color as a counterpoint. The show includes works by artists that use a monochrome palette allowing viewers to focus on elements such as composition, value, gesture, and form. Whether it’s a hard edge drawn with charcoal, a sprinkling of paint or built up residue from smoke, the restrained use of color becomes the unifying thesis.
Through August 3
Metzilocan:Claudia Peña Salinas
This installation-based solo exhibition by Salinas, expands the artist’s research on the Aztec deities of water, Tláloc and Chalchiuhtlicue, relating this ancestral symbolism and knowledge to modernist and contemporary structures. Through travel, documentation and collection, the artist generates a poetic narrative that is both personal and political.
Through August 4
True and Livin’
Artist Aaron Coleman, known for his powerful sociopolitical commentary, uses painting, sculptures and mixed media to expose the incessant and diabolical strategies of colonialism as well as its lingering impact on American society.
Through August 4
PETRICHOR: Esao Andrews
Esao Andrews, a Mesa native, is a Japanese-American artist and illustrator, who has gained international acclaim for his album artwork and comic book covers. Working primarily in oil on wood panel, Andrews combines Gothic grotesque, erotic and surrealist imagery. This exhibition features site-specific murals alongside new and old works that create vicarious gateways into worlds populated by stirrings of the subconscious.
Through August 4
Cartomancy – The Seni Horoscopes
Shay Bredimus, who grew up in Phoenix, is a nationally celebrated tattoo and visual artist known for his signature technique of incorporating tattoo ink and wax crayon on drafting film. The exhibition is comprised of 72 unique works based on the 17th century German fortune telling card system by Italian oracle Giovanni Battista Seni.
Through August 4
Docents Select: Zoo
The Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) Museum Docents are central to the functionality of the museum. This exhibition was entirely curated by the MCA Museum Docents and demonstrates some of the research they have conducted on animal inspired works from the permanent collection.
Through August 18
Discover how flowers have inspired fashion from the 18th century through the present. The exhibition showcases ensembles and accessories by Marc Jacobs, Comme des Garçons, Charles James and Slava Zaitsev among others.
Through August 31
At the Doors of Perception
The full realm of the human psyche exists beyond the technological shackles and mundane logistics so pervasive in the early 21st century. The artists of At the Doors of Perception, a group exhibition, employ various mediums to present artworks as potential methods to escape the confines of the conforming ego and self-conscious brain, and access radical aesthetic and psychic transformation in worlds beyond the sublunary.
Through September 2
It’s Your Turn – Color!
Weavers use color, pattern, texture and their imaginations when they make textiles. This interactive exhibition features bright colors and complicated patterns that artists working in every medium use. Attendees have an opportunity to experiment with color and pattern.
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 September 29
Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles
Navajo weavers’ individualism and flair for experimentation is vividly expressed in textiles from the last quarter of the 19th century. The textiles are rooted in ideas and events the weavers experienced between 1863 and1868, the hard years of their imprisonment in the Bosque Redondo, and their subsequent return to a reservation.
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 October 11
SouthwestNET Shizu Saldamando
Through intimate and provocative paintings, drawings, and video, the artist presents a contemporary take on portraiture that explores and challenges the constructs of identity. She works from informal snapshots of friends and family, focusing on often-overlooked communities of color: punks, queers, activists and artists.
Through October 13
Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon
This retrospective exhibition traces the prolific career of artist Paul Calle (1928-2010), who was best known for painting and drawing the historic American West featuring mountain men, fur traders and Native Americans, as well as NASA artwork and postage stamp designs that include the iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon artwork and stamp.
Through October 13
Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art
The exhibition highlights contemporary glass artists—both masters and emerging—whose innovative approaches to using glass have advanced the medium’s discourse within contemporary art. The exhibition developed from a collaboration with four local glass art collector couples: Judy and Stuart Heller, Linda and Sherman Saperstein, Sharon and Fred Schomer, and Gail and Dan Tenn.
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 December 31
Change Agent: June Wayne and the Tamarind Workshop
The exhibition highlights June Wayne’s legacy as an artist, printmaker, educator and activist. Wayne refused to follow a signature style, taking on a variety of themes such as personal history, modern science and social issues. She championed lithography as an art form as vital as painting, and with a grant from the Ford Foundation, Wayne founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960. The experimental workshop created a pool of printers and apprentices, as artists from across the country were invited to master the process of lithography.
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.