Archive for November, 2008

another upcoming event!

While the holidays are quickly upon us, we still have things going on at ASU Art Museum! The evening of December 2, our latest installment of Night Moves takes place. Night Moves is part of Night Series, in which the Museum partners with the Herberger College of the Arts departments of Theatre & Film, Music or Dance. Night Moves is the partnership with Dance, get it? :)

So, at 7pm on Tuesday, December 2, MFA student Yeongwen Lee will host a short workshop out on the plaza that discusses body movement and space. The Museum will be open for the evening allowing visitors to peruse the galleries and in two of the galleries, you’ll encounter the dancers performing their original piece.  Additionally, there will be another music and video performance by Jesse Meeker and his friends, Human Mirror Project. You’ll find the guys in the main stairwell on your way into the Museum.

Dance, music, video and art- a great way to spend the holiday season! It’s all free and open to the public. We hope to see you here!



November 24, 2008 at 7:57 pm

One Night Only by Anila Rubiku

Thank you to all that joined us at Taliesin West Friday evening for the amazing US premiere of Anila Rubiku’s video installation One Night Only.  It was a fanastic evening!  For those of you who couldn’t join us, here are a few images from the event…

installation in progress

installation in progress

Anila Rubiku One Night Only installation in progress

Anila Rubiku One Night Only installation in progressDetail Installation View

detail installation view

detail installation view

Individuals viewing Anila Rubiku's One Night Only video installation

Individuals viewing Anila Rubiku

Individuals enjoying the event of Anila Rubiku's One Night Only

Individuals enjoying the event of Anila Rubiku

Installation view of Anila Rubiku's One Night Only

Installation view of Anila Rubiku

Installation view of One Night Only, Anila Rubiku's installation at Taliesin West

Installation view of One Night Only, Anila Rubiku

November 17, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Please join the ASU Art Museum for a very special evening

Friday, November 14 from 7 – 9 pm

at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

CEC ArtsLink artist in residence Anila Rubiku presents the US Premiere of her video installation One Night Only


The event is presented by Arizona State University Art Museum through an ongoing relationship with Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s national historic landmark home and studio in Scottsdale.


Note: Rubiku’s works are recommended for mature audiences; the viewing at Taliesin West is free but does not include tours of the facility.


One Night Only – Anila Rubiku

November 14, 2008, from 7pm – 9pm

Taliesin West

12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.

at Cactus Rd.



You can also join the artist in her collaborative community project in the ASU Art Museum Americas Gallery during the following hours:

Wednesday – Friday, 1-4pm through November 14 

Images of the collaboration in progress can be found on the ASU Art Museum blog!


 ASU Art Museum is excited to have CEC Artslink Fellow artist Anila Rubiku currently in residence. Rubiku, often with assistance from members from local communities, works primarily with sewn paper and large-scale structures that depict the human body and explore urban architectural spaces. She has shown her work throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and in the U.S., and has done numerous collaborative community projects around the world with diverse groups that include Ethiopian women in Tel Aviv and students of the Design & Architecture University in Taipei. Rubiku is interested in bringing knowledge of American art and architectural centers and community organization practices back to Albania to inform an urban revitalization project she will undertake with architectural students from Tirana University.

Rubiku’s current project at ASU Art Museum is a story told in stitched leather. Each individually stitched section will be joined together to form a large wall-sized work. “The pieces come together to tell a story,” explains Rubiku. “This is how I see Arizona; it’s so large and growing so much. This is because of the human element; we build houses because families need them. As families grow our urban development also must grow with them. This story is also formed by the desert, and the shapes and elements of the desert become a sort of erotic and humorous symbol for procreation and growth in both the human sense and with respect to urban building.”

Rubiku is also pleased to announce the U.S. premiere of her video installation at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s national historic landmark home and studio in Scottsdale, in a collaboration with ASU Art Museum, on November 14, 2008, from 7pm – 9pm. Titled One Night Only, the video installation continues the artist’s conversation on urban and human development. “Both the Museum work and the video installation are about architecture,” says Rubiku. “People make families and initially start a city because they need someplace for their families. As the cities grow they start becoming more planned, but they are still planned in response to human needs. These two different media are just two different ways of exploring this same theme.” 

One Night Only includes a paper construction of the most rapidly growing cities of the last ten years with video projection, and has been shown before only in Tel Aviv. Rubiku’s works are recommended for mature audiences; the viewing at Taliesin West is free but does not include tours of the facility. Taliesin West is located at 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. at Cactus Rd. For information about tours call 480-680-2700 ext. 494.

As part of its mission as a university museum, ASU Art Museum is committed to showing artists’ work first and is proud to offer artists the opportunity to grow creatively and experiment with new forms. The Social Studies initiative provides opportunities for artists working in various media to interact creatively and collaboratively with students, other artists, faculty and community members. The social interaction of the Museum-as-artist’s-studio setting encourages participants to explore new avenues of creativity and ultimately enhance their understanding of their world and each other.


ArtsLink Fellow Anila Rubiku’s residency is generously funded by CEC ArtsLink, NY. Click here for additional information regarding CEC ArtsLink.

The ASU Art Museum would like to acknowledge the following for their additional in-kind assistance with the residency: Taliesin West; Comfort Inn of Tempe; Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau; Moroso.



Arizona State University Art Museum

Tenth Street and Mill Avenue

Tempe, AZ 85287-2911

t. 480.965.2787


“For all that’s been said about how behind-the-times academia can be, university galleries are very often the most risk-taking portholes to contemporary art. This fact is exemplified by Arizona State University Art Museum… has demonstrated a keen eye and clear commitment to emerging artists and emergent media.”

– Rhizome (April, 2008)

November 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Little update on artist Sean Duffy

If you visited the ASU Art Museum last summer you will definitely remember Sean Duffy’s turntable and sound installation The Grove.  If you missed it, or just want to experience it again, here is a link to a video created by KJZZ on the project for you.

I just received an email from Sean with information regarding his most recent project and thought I would share the following…


I’ve been going nuts with my latest project which has nothing and everything to do with art (I think).  I’m creating a racing team for the 24 hours of Lemons ( and have been bogged down in prepping our $500 car.  Here’s our site.

–Curator John

November 6, 2008 at 1:25 am

FlashCraft Event in Philadelphia

Was in Philadelphia last week and attended the FlashCraft event, sponsored by the American Craft Council and U Arts, which featured 8 Philly area art schools.  Lots of great energy!


November 6, 2008 at 12:19 am

We hear the weather is great that time of year…

Congratulations to our very own John Spiak for his invite to curate a big video art project at the annual Aqua Art Miami in December! Aqua Art is one of the fairs that occurs during the biggest U.S. art fair weeks of the year and brings, well, everyone, to Miami for contemporary great art, and everything else Miami has to offer.  We just received the brochure from Aqua Art Miami today and wouldn’t you know – John’s project, titled I’m Keeping an Eye on You, is featured dead center! We’re excited for John and this terrific recognition, but also excited to have the full project come to ASU Art Museum next August.

Aqua Art Miami brochure

Aqua Art Miami brochure


November 5, 2008 at 12:01 am

November 2008

ASU Ceramics Research Center Library