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Now on view at the Arizona Science Center, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition features 40 real human and animal mummies, as well as 85 rare artifacts from across the globe. This blockbuster exhibit, which traveled from Budapest, Hungary to Phoenix, reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world.

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To launch a yearlong 20th anniversary celebration, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts (SMoCA) premieres Now Playing: Video 1999-2019, an exhibition featuring video art sampled from the last 20 years. Works by 11 international artists temporarily transforms the Museum, a former movie theater, into a space dedicated to the moving image. The iconic survey marks the importance of video in contemporary art, and the social and political concerns that artists have addressed over the last two decades.

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Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place, the first exhibition on art and Islam at the Museum in more than two decades, will open on Saturday, January 26 in the Asian Art galleries at Phoenix Art Museum. The comprehensive exhibition, organized by the Newark Museum, will feature more than 100 artworks, including handwritten texts, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, photographs and paintings, from across centuries and from nearly every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. Unlike previous national and international exhibitions on the subject, Wondrous Worlds is organized around the Five Pillars of Islam instead of geography, time period, or material, offering a fresh perspective on the intersection of art and Islam.

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An exhibition of new works by brothers Gabriel and Issac Fortoul is currently on view at Mountain Shadows Gallery in Paradise Valley. Entitled The Oasis Emerges, the artwork reflects the talented duo’s unique interpretation of the world that bridge the realms of observation and mystical symbolism.

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Ragnar Kjartansson creates art that’s nothing less than evocative. Viewers around the world have been known to smile, laugh, cry, even cringe when they encounter his performative installations and paintings that break with what is often perceived as the seriousness and severity of contemporary art.

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The Musical Instrument Museum’s (MIM) newly-opened exhibition, The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon, shares the untold story of the invention of the electric guitar, an instrument that revolutionized music and popular culture forever. Its creation continues to play an integral role in American music and culture, inspiring emulation worldwide.

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Scottsdale Public Art’s signature event, Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light returns for its seventh year. Held along Scottsdale’s historic Waterfront from November 9 through 18, attendees will enjoy 10 consecutive days of engaging, interactive experiences that celebrate water, art and light.

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Now is an urgent moment for conversations about American identity and the ongoing role of racism in our culture. This fall,, Lisa Sette Gallery will exhibit works that present a new scholarship of American identity, a matrix formed by our disparate human narratives and our shared human experience. Textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark tests the interactions between elementary human materials—textiles and text, storytelling and visual symbols such as flags and currency, beads and human hair—as a method of revealing our national history and collective character.

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The i.d.e.a. Museum’s new exhibition, Far Out: Our Solar System, highlights artwork, hands-on activities and popular cultural media. This will help visitors imagine that they are on a spaceship, blasting off from Earth, traveling to the other planets that make up our solar system.

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Art lovers, mark October 25 on your calendar. That’s the day Scottsdale Public Art’s Local Light will begin to place light-based installations in Old Town and a larger-then-life rabbit sculpture will be dedicated at its permanent home on Marshall Way.

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