Archive for March, 2009

street party update:

Local band What Laura Says is confirmed to play at the Street Party on April 4!

March 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Event: Paulo’s last day

Please join us Friday, March 27 from 11am – 2pm for a End of Residency event at the ASU Art Museum in celebration of artist Paulo Nenflidio



Friday, March 27 from 11am – 2pm

Festivities in and around the Museum to celebrate the culmination of Paulo Nenflidio’s residency and the opening of an exhibition of works created during the past six weeks by the artist and collaborating partners.

artist Paulo Nenflidio, curator John Spiak and Marcio Bottner

artist Paulo Nenflidio, curator John Spiak and Marcio Bottner


Gambiarra – improvising with cheap materials that one can find easily.

The concept of gambiarra applies to the creative way of fixing and inventing objects frequently used by people living on the streets in Brazil, but also by musicians, poets and artists.

Born in São Bernardo do Campo in 1976, Nenflidio is a sound artist who also works in sculpture and drawing. During his residency, the artist works with museum visitors to create the Monochord Which Sustains the Electromagnetic Infinite, an interactive sound sculpture in which a rope is placed to vibrate infinitely by means of a circuit of positive feedback. The artist hopes to construct the sculpture with recycled household materials and appliances that produce sound, such as old radios and electronics. Nenflidio developed the project with the intent of learning to play the sculpture both privately and in collective concert, creating an environment with many sound-producing elements where participants can simultaneously create a cacophony of sound.

The ASU Art Museum Social Studies initiative challenges the traditional exhibition format by inviting artists who consider social interaction a crucial part of the art-making process to begin their work in an empty gallery in the museum. Visitors are then invited into the gallery to participate with the artist to create objects and installations, or to simply observe and question the process.

This project is made possible through funding provided by F.A.R. (Future Arts Research) @ Arizona State University and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by Friends of the ASU Art Museum. Gambiarra is organized by John D. Spiak, curator, ASU Art Museum, in collaboration with Marcio Botner, director of A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro.

For more information regarding the Social Studies initiative, please visit:

March 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Art, Music, Beer, Lux … what more could you want?

Street party to benefit ASU Art Museum!


oh but wait, there’s more!

stuff for the kids, good food, and a great cause: supporting the arts. It’s going to be a fun evening – Saturday, April 4, 4 – 8 pm. We’ll be in the lot  just south of Lux Coffeebar. And we know you know where that is.

Hosted by Martha + Mary to benefit the ASU Art Museum exhibitions and programs

4404 North Central Avenue (just south of Lux Coffeebar and Pane Bianco)

take the light rail to Campbell Ave., but there is street and lot parking available if you drive.



 Art exhibition – installations by local artists organized by John Spiak, ASU Art Museum & Sloane McFarland, Martha + Mary

     *participating artists include Peter Bugg, Sue Chenoweth, John Haddock, Saskia Jorda, Carrie Marill, Melissa McGurgan, Matt Moore, Marco Rosichelli, Gregory Sale and Postcommodity.

·         Live local bands – The Hooves, Subterranean Jazz and Wizards of Time

·         DJ Brazilia

·         Beer Garden by Four Peaks

·         Backyard BBQ by the Welcome Diner

·         Local Artist Shops – one night only sale at friendly prices

        a.ware – gifts locally-made by artists with recycled materials

·         Screen-O-Rama – bring your favorite t-shirt (or buy one of ours) for a custom screen print

·         Art Zone – kids hands-on area


For more information call 480.965.2787

$5 entry at the door – proceeds to benefit ASU Art Museum exhibitions and programs


sponsors' logos for Street Party 2009

sponsors' logos for Street Party 2009

Please contact Dorina Bustamante at for any partnering information/opportunities

See you on Central!


March 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm 2 comments

Tweet Street

A real street at ASU Polytech campus.

A real street at ASU Polytech campus.


Are you on Twitter yet?

Come join us today at 4pm at ASU Art Museum to meet all the great Twitterati in and around ASU! We’re also going to have some fun with resident artist Paulo Nenflidio this afternoon too.

Free parking at the Ceramics Research Center in marked spaces (NE Corner Mill Ave & 10th Street, one light south of University). There’s also metered parking in front of the museum itself. Or walk south on Mill Ave from the light rail stop at Mill & 3rd in Tempe.

And for those of you thinking strategically, there are plenty of restaurants (read=happy hour) along Mill Ave. for after the event, too!

Oh, and you can find me on Twitter most days. I’m Diane. @asuartmuseum.

March 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm


Since more of us from around the ASU community are now using Twitter, I thought it’s time to try to get everyone to meet in person! Of course, you don’t have to be with ASU to attend – everyone is invited!

The details:  Tuesday, March 10 at ASU Art Museum; 4:00 pm

FREE parking: on the NE corner of Mill Ave at 10th Street (one light south of University). Park in the spaces outside of the Ceramics Research Center marked for museum visitors. Please sign your car in at the security desk when you get inside.

The museum is on the SE corner of Mill and 10th- just come down the stairs when you get here!
The fun part:  besides getting to meet lots of very cool people, visiting artist Paulo Nenflidio is working in one of the galleries on a collaborative project. That means that everyone can work on his art projects with him. Paulo is from Brazil and is known for his sculptures made from found and recycled objects that all create sound.

There is never any fee to come to ASU Art Museum or to work with our artists. For Paulo: if you have any noise-making things you’re planning on getting rid of anyway, like old radios, toys, etc., please feel free to bring them to donate to the project. This is not a requirement, but it is a unique way to recycle!

And this is me:

ASU Art Museum publicist, blogger & Twitter-er, Diane

ASU Art Museum publicist, blogger & Twitter-er, Diane

come say hello tomorrow evening!  

March 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Peanuts anyone?

We’ve been unpacking boxes and crates for the upcoming NCECA Biennial.
It’s been fun!


And messy…

but did you know that you can use the non-edible, constantly disintegrating, static-loving foam things for something other than packing?

Peanut Jewelry and more…

March 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Video Art Initiative at ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum Curator John Spiak recently did a podcast interview, in conjunction with Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau, that's now available on PRWeb. In the interview, John discusses the museum's history with showcasing video art as part of our Moving Targets initiative. While you may not know that name, you're probably familiar with our very popular annual Short Film & Video Festival. We're very proud to not only support this medium of art, but to showcase artists at pivotal times in their careers, when their work may be taking new forms or directions.

Speaking of the Short Film & Video Festival, John just got back from doing the jurying and selecting the films to showcase. Happy to report there are a number of winners from our very own state of Arizona! Join us on the plaza at the Nelson Fine Arts Center on Saturday, April 18, at 8pm for the free screening! Bring your own seating for a night under the stars. This is a fun event that you won't want to miss!

To hear John's interview, click the link below:

ASU Art Museum Presents the U.S. Premiere of Breathing is Free: 12,756.3; New Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba


March 5, 2009 at 11:35 pm Leave a comment


There are two places on the East Coast I love to look back at: the Brooklyn Museum and Mattress Factory. They both do really innovative projects, showcase amazing talent and are so smart about using technology. Sure you could look them up online, but you’ve got to see this first, at Mattress Factory (thanks, Jeffrey!)

Sarah Oppenheimer, 610-3356, 2008

Sarah Oppenheimer, 610-3356, 2008


March 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm

March 2009

ASU Ceramics Research Center Library