Through January 4
Potter Mncane Nzuzza
www.lisasettegallery.com
The hand-built clay vessels of Zulu potter Mncane Nzuzza, whose work is both distinguished among her Zulu culture, and widely recognized in contemporary Western circles, is on view at Lisa Sette Gallery.

Through January 4
Myths, Maps and Legends Exhibition
www.tempecenterforthesrts.com
People have always been inventive and creative problem solvers who have used myths, maps and legends to aid in navigating the world and all its mysteries. The artists in this exhibition follow in the footsteps of ancient map makers and storytellers by sharing their own narratives about making sense of the world around us.

Through January 5
The Memory of Birds
https://www.mesaartscenter.com
Arizona artist Carol Eckert mines the iconography of mythology and art history, expanding and evolving a body of work that focuses on the resonant connections between humankind and the natural world.

Through January 5
ANTONIO: The Fine Art of Costume Illustration
www.phxart.org
Featuring more than 100 original drawings, photographs and magazines, this multimedia exhibition represents the collaborative creative work of visionaries Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos. The installation features their artistic, editorial and commercial work created from the ‘60s through the ‘80s for publications and retailers.

Through January 5
The Close Observation of Inanimate Objects
www.scottsdalearts.org
In this exhibition, located in the lobby of Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts, artists have borrowed from the history of still life compositions, but using new materials and contemporary concepts.

Through January 11
Natural Rhythms
www.bentleygallery.com
This two-person show features work by David Kessler and Jim Waid. Both artists have explored the delicate wonder of nature for decades. Their work reveals a heightened sense of our desert environment through skilled mark making and exceptional technique. In these artists’ masterful hands, one does not merely view the landscape; it becomes an experience.

Through January 12
Medieval Piñata
https://www.mesaartscenter.com
California sculptor Roberto Benavidez is known for his elaborate, fine art piñatas that play on themes of race, sexuality, art, sin, humor and beauty.

Through January 19
Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero
https://asuartmuseum.asu.edu
Wonderland presents the work of two internationally-known artists, whose ceramic sculptures share an emphasis on the figure and issues of the human condition, use satire, humor and the fanciful as ways to explore their daily realities and new imaginaries. Mixed cultural and historic references in the work reflect the artists’ own identities and experiences.

Through January 19
Counter-Landscapes: Performative Actions from the 1970s – Now
www.SMoCA.org
Presenting a group of artists working in both natural and urban environments whose work exploits the power of place to address issues of social, environmental, and personal transformation, Counter-Landscapes illuminates how the strategies created by women artists in the 1970s and 1980s are employed by artists today.

Through January 24
Juntos Together: Iván Argote
https://asuartmuseum.asu.edu
In his first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Colombian-born, Paris-based artist Iván Argote presents films, videos, sculpture and site-specific installations.

Through January 26
The Past Decade
www.phxart.org
This exhibition showcases select works of art acquired ten years after the Museum’s 50th anniversary. The Past Decade demonstrates the Museum’s firm commitment to diversity and artistic excellence through a careful selection of works from the departments of modern and contemporary art, Latin American art, American art, Asian art, and fashion design.

Through January 26
FLORA & FAUNA: Botanicals and Animals in Contemporary Art
https://www.mesaartscenter.com
From bacteria to large land and sea mammals, this exhibition celebrates nature and its enduring
influence in art.

Through January 26
Biophilia
https://www.mesaartscenter.com
Arizona artist Mary Meyer, who specializes in mixed media sculpture and installations, is influenced by a background in traditional stone carving. She uses meditative processes and materials to illustrate our physical kinship with the flora that surrounds us.

Through February 1
Begin at the End
https://asuartmuseum.asu.edu
The exhibition features 14 contemporary artists who experiment with the written word. Through a broad range of media, the artists explore typography as image, text as a system of signs and symbols and language as a tool of political resistance. By breaking narrative rules, they challenge commonly held truths and question what is lost or distorted in the transmission of messages across cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Through February 29
It’s All in the Details
www.mountainshadows.com
It’s All in the Details will feature works by four artists: Marc Baseman’s miniature art, George Elbert Burr’s etchings, Mayme Kratz’s use of natural elements found in the environment and Clayton Porter’s small-scale drawings of horses and riders. This exhibition will dive into the innermost workings of each artist’s approach to their medium, and the intricate detail that lies within each piece.

Through February 29
Pulso: Tania Candiani
https://asuartmuseum.asu.edu
Pulso, created by Tania Candiani in 2016, is a dynamic sound-based project depicting a one-day performance by 195 women in Mexico City’s underground metro stations. Incorporating pre-Hispanic drums, historically only played by men, the artist addresses the changing roles and perceptions of women.

Through March 15
Legends of Speed
www.phxart.org
Phoenix Art Museum’s first major exhibition of racing cars, Legends of Speed, will showcase an unprecedented selection of more than 20 legendary cars by Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Ford and Bugatti. Spanning six decades and driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing, such as A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney, and Stirling Moss, they represent winners of many of the world’s most iconic races including Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500 and the Italian Grand Prix.

Through March 20
Guru Nanak: 550th Birth Anniversary of Sikhism’s Founder
www.phxart.org
The founder of Sikhism and its first teacher and spiritual guide, Guru Nanak, believed that the Sikh path to the Divine is found through humility, service and finding beauty and joy in everyday life.

Through April 5
Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry
www.heard.org
The exhibition marks the first showing of David Hockney’s work in Arizona and will highlight the influence of the American landscape on his seminal work while illuminating how Indigenous women inspired by the same landscape have made significant contributions to the field of art production, from the sophisticated technology of basketry to the innovative use of digital technologies like the iPad.

Through August 2
Maynard Dixon’s American West
www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org
Dixon (1875-1946) was one of the premier artists of the American West, and a true pioneer with an independent view and unique modern aesthetic of the American West. He thrived in the raw beauty and remoteness of the Western landscape and its diverse cultures, and his iconic interpretations of this land and time form the backbone of the exhibition.

Through August 24
By Beauty Obsessed: Gilbert Waldman Collects the West
www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org
This exhibition, on loan from Phoenix-Scottsdale resident and founding member of the SMoW Board of Trustees includes more than 50 artworks featuring stunning content – diverse cultural perspectives, landscapes, wildlife and more – organized across four geographical regions of the American West.

Through September 13
Congo Masks and Music: Masterpieces from Central Africa
www.mim.org
This exhibit offers a glimpse into the dramatic and lively masquerade traditions of Central Africa with an exclusive collection of more than 150 stunning and rare masks, instruments and costumes from the late 1800s to early 1900s.