Through August 17
Clayblazers: Women Artists of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s
Clayblazers celebrates women in the ceramic field during the mid-20th century. Legendary artists like Maija Grotell, Susan Peterson and Marguerite Wildenhain were educators, mentors and masters of their craft, inspired future generations. All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from the ASU Art Museum’s ceramics collection of 3,800 objects.
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
With a specific focus on the element of line that runs throughout each piece, Liner Notes is comprised of works by artists Vincent Chung, Robert F. Clark (for de Lillo) and Brooke Grucella.
Through August 31
At the Doors of Perception
The artists of the group exhibition, At the Doors of Perception, 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 August 31
WATER: Life* Art* Science*
Exploring water as seen and interpreted through the eyes of artists, the works and displays reflect a wide range of water-themed topics including sustainability, mythology, history, science and beauty. Interactive activities, artist demonstrations and workshop opportunities for all ages complement the exhibition.
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
Featuring 40 real human and animal mummies plus 85 rare artifacts, Mummies of the World provides 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 14
Annual Summer Show
Bentley Gallery invites you to escape the heat and come into a very cool, inviting gallery filled with “hot” artwork. Artists and artwork will be rotated through the course of the show.
Through September 15
The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon
This exhibition shares the untold story of the invention of the electric guitar, an instrument that revolutionized music and popular culture forever.
Through September 15
New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West
Featuring artworks from the celebrated Tia Collection, the show offers a fresh view of the evolution of 20th-century art from New Mexico beginning with the era of the late Romantics to the advent of early Modernism.
Through September 21
Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated
On view at ASU’s Ceramics Research Center, this groundbreaking show features 45 works created by international artists who incorporate paper pulp and organic fibers into their clay, resulting in increased strength and lighter weight. The artists utilize traditional methods to express contemporary social and cultural ideas.
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. These 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
Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology
In the 21st century, each of us—often unknowingly—leave a digital footprint in everything we do from texting to a simple internet search. This exhibition presents the multiple ways in which we, as users, interact with an artwork and the response or output the artwork provides in return.
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 whose innovative approaches to using glass have advanced the medium’s discourse within contemporary art.
Through October 20
Back Round by Aakash Nihalani
Artist Aakash Nihalani transforms SMoCA Lounge into a large interactive installation for the public. Using a variety of mediums from masking tape to metal, Nihalani creates two-dimensional designs that simulate three-dimensional interactive experiences.
Through November 3
Still Life No. 3: Raven Chacon
Artist Raven Chacon’s installation, Still Life No. 3, tells the Navajo story of creation and emergence into the current world. The piece is comprised of sound, speakers, text and timed colored light which scrolls through several hues over a 24-hour cycle.
Through November 15
Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona
Although not known as a landscape painter, Philip C. Curtis’ current exhibition draws extensively on that very subject. Local terrain was a source of inspiration for the artist, yet these canvases do not portray any recognizable geological features.
Through November 17
Silk & Jade: Chinese Aristocratic Treasures
Silk and jade were first discovered as far back as Neolithic times in ancient China. Valued for their beauty and special properties: silk for its texture and luster; jade for its smooth, glossy and strong qualities. In addition to being used to make clothes and other textiles, silk was also used for traditional paintings. Jade was used to create many utilitarian and ceremonial objects, from indoor decorative items to jade burial suits.
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).
Through December 29
The Schorr Collection
One of the most important groupings of paintings in the world, The Schorr Collection numbers more than 500 works, ranging from tender 15th-century devotional images to 19th-century French impressionist landscapes and 20th-century Modern Masters.
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 is known for championing lithography as an art form as vital as painting.
August 10 – November 17
The Timeless Landscape
Featuring gifts from The Papp Family Foundation, this exhibition showcases large hanging scrolls, horizontal scrolls and album leaves distinguished by their structured ink brushstrokes and soft touches of color. As typically seen in classical Chinese ink paintings, these works focus on the beauty of the world, depicting elements of nature or landscapes on paper or silk.