Archive for April, 2009

And that’s not all!

As if tonight’s Night Moves performance wasn’t enough, our Ceramics Research Center also has lots going on all day long! Check this out:

For those of you who missed out on the event during NCECA, we would like to invite you to the A La Carte Trunk Show. For one day the tableware of the following artists will be available for sale:

Jenni Brant                Chandra DeBuse
Andy Brayman          Jana Evans
Sam Chung                 Dandee Pattee
Erica Cioe                   Andy Shaw
Steven Colby              Christian Tonsgard


When:    Tuesday, April 28th     10am-5pm       

100% of all sales will go to the artist.
Cash, check & credit cards accepted.

And from 7 – 9 p.m.:

Presentations by Christian Tonsgard and Darien Johnson, who have completed their master’s degrees in ceramics. Both do fabulous work and your attendance helps support and encourage these talented emerging artists.  Refreshments served.

Don’t forget- Night Moves 11: Breathing is Free and Twelve Squared, is tonight from 6-8 p.m. The performance starts at 6:15. All of our events are FREE and open to the public!

See you there!


April 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Museums are for dancing

Join us at the ASU Art Museum on Tuesday, April 28, 6-8 PM for a special performance:

NIGHT MOVES 11: Breathing is Free and Twelve Squared

(Performance begins at 6:15 PM)


Herberger College’s ASU Art Museum, The School of Music and the Department of Dance bring together 12 musicians and 12 dancers in an exciting evening of contemporary art and performance.

at ASU Art Museum and Nelson Fine Arts Plaza

Located on the SE Corner of Mill Ave. and 10th Street, one light south of University Drive, in Tempe.

Music:  Wendy Mae Chambers, performed live by ASU’s Contemporary Percussion Ensemble

Directors:  J.B. Smith and Simone Mancuso

Choreography:  Mary Fitzgerald, Karen Schupp and dancers

Museum Exhibition:  Breathing is Free by internationally acclaimed artist Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba

NIGHT MOVES is an ongoing collaborative series between the ASU Art Museum and Departments/Schools of the Herberger College of the Arts, coordinated in response to current exhibitions.


April 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm

“I’ve often said, the only thing standing between me and greatness is me”

Come see what greatness awaits at the 13th Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival!

When: Saturday, April 18, starting at 8 p.m. <<- that’s tomorrow night!

Where: on the plaza at the Nelson Fine Arts Center- just behind the museum. *please bring your own seating for a night under the stars!

Cost: nothing. nada. FREE!

The event is open to all ages, but please be aware that the second half of the evening may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Need help to get here? maps & directions

And if you’re wondering, the quote’s by Woody Allen.

See you tomorrow!


April 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Interview with an Intern

Jenny Robertson, Intern with the Registrar’s Office (Spring 2009)

Jenny Robertson, Intern with the Registrar’s Office (Spring 2009)

I had the opportunity to interview Jenny Robertson, one of our spectacular interns at the Museum. Over the past four months, she has unpacked, numbered, conditioned, recorded and re-packed over 250 pieces from the Cecere collection, logging approximately 160 hours!

Why did you decide to work as an intern?
Two internships are required for the Museum Studies curriculum. I think it’s great; so many aspects of museum work and organization can only be learned through real experience.

Marking a box= priceless organizational learning experience

Marking a box= a priceless organizational learning experience

Did you know where you were going to be interning?
Nope. Before my first semester here, it was the middle of summer and I knew I needed to get my internship plans squared away. I sent Jean Makin an email because I really liked the Print Study room. At first there weren’t any projects that still needed intern assistance, but when the Warhol prints were donated, Jean remembered me. It’s a really good example of how helpful it is to start a dialog.
During the middle of last semester I mentioned to Jean that I needed to start looking for another internship. She referred me to Anne Sullivan, and that’s how I was eventually introduced to the Cecere Collection.

Why did you decide to intern at the ASU Art Museum?

The ASUAM has a great collection. I had visited the Jules Heller Print Study room with a class, and I loved the facility, so I wanted to come back for more.

Jenny packing art in the photo room.

Jenny packing art in the photo room.

How often do you come in?
I’m in 3 days a week this semester, 10 hours a week total.

What do you do on a daily basis? What is the process for this collection?
I do a variety of things day-to-day. I’ve been focusing on accessioning a big portion of one collection, so I’ve been going through phases beginning with marking and inventorying, conditioning, database entry, and packing. It’s been very hands-on, and I’ve been given a lot of freedom to manage my time in the most effective way I see fit.

She already made the list and she's checking it twice.

She made a list and she's checking it twice.

What have you learned from your internship experience?
The most obvious skill I’ve been honing is organization. Not only do I have to keep track of the pieces I’m working with, but also the information associated with each of them and what I have yet to complete. Since the group of pieces I’m working with is so large, I’ve had to keep my pace up to ensure that my assigned project is complete before I’m done. Something else I’ve really come to understand is perseverance; there are so many pieces and associated procedures to complete that sometimes I felt like I’d never finish. I just had to learn to keep my head down and work, and to resist wasting my time by looking around at everything still left to do and becoming overwhelmed.

What is your favorite piece in this collection?
This collection contains a lot of variety, and I haven’t even seen the whole thing! Of the pieces I’ve been working with, there are two Ecuadorian farm animal figures – a horse and a cow – that have managed to charm me.

Love at first sight!

Love at first sight!

Is interning better than job?
Interning is different than a job. I don’t think one is particularly better than the other; they serve different purposes. One very nice thing about an internship is that you’re known to be learning. The staff members know that you’ll have questions and you’ll need guidance, so it takes some of the pressure off.

What are the perks of the internship ASUAM?
The ASUAM offers flexible hours and projects, it’s on campus (how convenient is that?!), and interns can be exposed to many different styles of work.

Would you intern here again?!
I would intern here again in a heartbeat!

Interviewer’s note: Jenny will graduate this May with a major in Museum Studies and a minor in Anthropology. After graduating, she plans to go back to school (fun!) and take more courses in Economics and Math so she can apply for a doctoral program in Economics (more fun)!

If you are interested in an internship at the ASU Art Museum, visit our website to learn more!


April 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm

It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq

It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq

It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq

This national project by Jeremy Deller spent the afternoon at ASU Art Museum, a stop on its tour from NYC and Washington, DC, to Los Angeles, with points between.  Accompanying the artist and his troupe was a car that has seen better days – it was hit by a bomb in a cultural center of Baghdad, and is now a twisted heap of metal that looks remarkably unlike a car.

It’s an interesting project and an important subject. Thank you to Jeremy Deller, Creative Time and all those involved for stopping at ASU.


It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq

It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq


It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq

It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq

April 15, 2009 at 11:34 pm

A rose by any other name…

a souvenier from First Saturdays for Families

a souvenier from First Saturdays for Families

Saturday, April 4, was our latest First Saturdays for Families event. If you’re not familiar, each first Saturday of the month, we invite kids aged 4-12 and their families to come to the museum to learn a little something about art and create their very own project, based on an exhibition we’re currently showing. I love that we can offer these kinds of projects, all completely free to the community! This past Saturday involved a project using Model Magic. Not having young kids at home, I was unfamiliar with Model Magic, but apparently you can create sculptures with it – it’s like modeling clay. I was given a lump of the stuff and have a really rudimentary, and quite pink, blocky sculpture on my desk that I made with it. My officemate says it makes her want to bite it (it sort of looks like pink bubble gum. What can I say? I’m a writer, not a sculptor!)
This photo is of a small white Model Magic rose, complete with hips and everything. Thank you, unidentified artist who left this for us! It’s really a lovely little piece. And it looks much more elegant on my desk than, say, my die-cast Millenium Falcon.

April 10, 2009 at 11:40 pm



944 Magazine is once again working on their May issue, which lets people nominate and vote for their favorite places around town.

Please go to 944 Magazine’s voting page and write in ASU Art Museum under the Get Cultured link, in the category called Museum with Boundary-Pushing Exhibits. ‘Cause that would be us.

And in case you’ve missed the news, it isn’t too late to catch the NCECA goodness happening all around Greater Phoenix. In fact, our *free* reception is going on *tomorrow night* – that’s Thursday, April 9, from 7 – 9 p.m. Come check out some great ceramic art (and with the whole museum open, how ’bout just great art?), help yourself to some refreshments and enjoy the cool vibe the clay fans have brought in with them from all over the country!


April 8, 2009 at 11:32 pm

*Spring* Sculpture Cleaning

Outdoor artwork in Arizona tends to get dirty with the incessant wind, dust-storms, and monsoons. But with the right supplies, outdoor art can be made clean (at least for a few days).

To clean most of the outdoor ceramic art pieces, we use distilled water and tissue or cloth.
It is a sweaty, dirty, dusty job-but somebody (usually an intern ;o) has to do it.

Now that the weather is nice, the sun is out, and the NCECA conference is here, it is the perfect time for you to visit our sculpture court!

How to get there:
Follow the stairs up to the third floor…
the stairs
go through the doors…
glass-wood doors
and experience art outside, in the fresh warm air!
North Sculpture Court

April 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

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