Archive for February, 2009

Social Studies Project 4: the beginning

an army of toys ready to work in Paulo Nenflidio's sound sculpture at ASU Art Museum

an army of toys ready to work in Paulo Nenflidio's sound sculpture at ASU Art Museum


Paulo Nenflidio takes over a gallery for his new sound sculptures projects at ASU Art Museum

Paulo Nenflidio takes over a gallery for his new sound sculptures projects at ASU Art Museum

Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio is now getting started at the museum! He’ll be here for about six weeks and is working on creating sound sculptures. As part of our Social Studies initiative, Paulo is inviting everyone to come to the museum to create collaboratively with him. Anyone can do this- you don’t have to be affiliated with ASU, or be an artist or student. There is no fee to participate- everything you’ll need is available at the museum.

Come be part of the creative process! I’ll be watching and posting more as Paulo’s projects take shape. Have fun!


February 25, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Spring Opening Reception 2009

We would like to thank all the great people we saw on Friday, both at the opening reception in the evening and also throughout the day. It was a very successful party, with amazing exhibitions, two artists in attendance, food from Heidi’s Catering and a performance by a theater group whom I like to refer to as Rainbow People. (These guys were outstanding!)

Below, a peek at the evening. Enjoy! -diane (all photos by me).

February 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm

How to Unpack a “fully functional chair”

Tom Eckert’s MM-342:Tank Chair (1978-79) just got back from the Craft In America: Expanding Traditions Traveling Exhibition, and our preparators had to unpack its crate!

Quote of the Day:

“Any fool can make a wood chair, but it takes a tough of imagination to put tank tracks on the chair. It looks like a mechanized wheel chair. I was looking for the gun mount.”

-Hardy Price, 1982, about MM-342:Tank Chair

February 19, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Welcome to the US!

Paulo, John and Marcio at ASU Art Museum

Paulo, John and Marcio at ASU Art Museum

Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio arrived in town yesterday, along with collaborator Marcio Botner, director of A-Gentil Carioca. (That’s Paulo on the left, John center and Marcio on the right.)

Paulo is at ASU Art Museum as part of our Social Studies initiative. He’ll be working in a gallery in the museum to create a sound sculpture – and we want you to help! Our Social Studies program invites the community- students, local residents, art lovers, the not-so-good-with-art crowd, everyone – to participate with the artists directly and help create art. What’s more important: we want everyone to experience the creative process.

All materials you may need are supplied by the museum for free. You don’t need to register or anything- just show up. And there’s never even an admission fee. We make it really easy to join in the fun!


February 19, 2009 at 12:10 am

greetings from Brazil!


Please join us this Friday, February 20 at 11am for the FREE talk with Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio, on the beginning of his Social Studies initiative residency:


with additional speakers Marcio Botner, director of A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, and John Spiak, curator at the ASU Art Museum.

This week’s conversation is an opportunity to welcome Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio as he shares insight into his earlier work and concepts for his community collaborative work during the residency. The conversation will be the first opportunity for personal conversations with the artist to develop collaboration possibilities as the artist begins his six week Social Studies residency in the ASU Art Museum.  

This project is made possible through funding provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, F.A.R. (Future Arts Research) @ Arizona State University, and Friends of the ASU Art Museum. In-kind support provided by Comfort Inn of Tempe.

Conversations @ 11 is a free series to explain and discuss current projects happening at the museum. Meet artists, curators, collectors and guests in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while you learn more about art.

And plan to join us later that evening for the FREE Spring Season Kick-off celebration Friday, from 7-9pm!

Joining us at the reception will be Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio and ceramic artist Kurt Weiser, we’ll have a dance performance throughout the evening as well as hands-on activities for the kids (and who doesn’t like origami?) All activities, snacks, admission and even parking is free!

*Find free parking: on the NE Corner of Mill Ave and 10th Street there are spaces marked for the museum, and also the big parking lots open to the public at 7pm. Very convenient!


Keep your money and support the arts at the same time. What a great way to start the weekend!

-diane :)

February 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm

WorldPress Photo Winners 2009

Couldn’t resist posting this link: the 2009 World Press Photo winners.

Art can change the world.


February 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Culture 24

Found through Twitter links: the UK’s own Culture 24 website. I thought this was pretty cool – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts through the limitless power of the Internet.  Culture 24 (formerly 24 Hour Museum) exsists to promote the cultural sector online and works across the arts, heritage, education, and tourism sectors.

At ASU Art Museum, we totally appreciate and support the idea of promoting the arts across disciplines; for us, that means also including students from as diverse areas as dance and engineering, among others. It’s what we strive for as part of the New American University model at Arizona State University.

And also, it’s really difficult to organize and manage the massive amount of content something like this entails, so bravo, guys, on the new website that’s easy to navigate get info from! We’re currently undergoing our own site redesign and know first hand what a feat this is!  Look for the new in the next few weeks!


February 13, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Eden Revisited at ASU Art Museum

the Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser

Eden Revisited: the Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser

I shot this image with my iPhone this morning as I was coming into the museum. I’m really excited to see the full show- Weiser is an important ceramic artist and more so, his work is simply beautiful. The show opens officially on Feb. 14, but the artist will be in attendance at the season opening reception – and signing books!- on Feb. 20, 7-9 pm.

You don’t want to miss this exhibition. I promise you’ll never look at ceramics the same way again.


February 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm

First Saturdays for Families is tomorrow!

Come join the fun tomorrow, 11 – 3, at the museum! The first Saturday of each month we highlight a different artist in the museum, and then kids and their families can make their own project based on that artist’s work! All materials are provided FREE by the museum, and there’s never an admission fee here either. This is a perfect creative project for kids 4-12 and their families! Park free across the street in marked spaces in front of our Ceramics Research Center (NE corner of Mill Ave  and 10th Street, in downtown Tempe).

February 7:  This month look in our second floor Americas Gallery for a piece by William Wiley called Making Tracks of Australia.  This piece has hidden pictures of Australia in it. Pick up a learning flyer in the multipurpose room and then track it down! There are fun points on the flyer to discuss with your kids about the art before you head back to the project area to make your own hidden picture map. All materials will be available in the multipurpose room and kids can bring their projects home.

Have a creative weekend!


February 6, 2009 at 11:54 pm

You’re Invited

Please join us for a dynamic free evening of visual and performing arts, food, family hands-on activities, friends and fun,

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, from 7-9pm

as we celebrate the kick-off of our spring season!




Includes exhibition catalogue signing event with artist throughout the evening.

Includes free children and family hands-on activities throughout the evening.


Performance by student of the School of Theatre and Film, Herberger College of the Arts, created by Rachel Bowditch, Assistant Professor, taking place the entire evening through out the ASU Art Museum.

Welcome Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio and have personal conversations to build your own collaboration possibilities as the artist begins his six week Social Studies residency in the ASU Art Museum.

And, join us earlier in the day for CONVERSATIONS @ 11am as the artist shares insight into his earlier work and concepts for his work during the residency.



ASU Art Museum is a truly free, community resource. Internationally recognized, the museum brings in artists from all over the world who are creating interesting and important work, and often gives community members opportunities to interact directly with them.

If you haven’t been to the museum before, the reception is a great time to learn a little about art and see what you’ve been missing.  Questions? Feel free to contact me! 480.965.2787 or email me directly at  — diane

February 6, 2009 at 4:13 pm

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