Archive for September, 2009

Artists at ASU Art Museum!

We’re busy installing new exhibitions to go into our big Defining Sustainability season here at ASU Art Museum. Or, I should say, the artists are busy! Here are two of our three working today to install Nowhere to Hide: Three Artists in the Desert.

artist Richard Lerman works on his installation at ASU Art Museum

artist Richard Lerman works on his installation at ASU Art Museum

artist Carrie Marill works on her installation at ASU Art Museum

artist Carrie Marill works on her installation at ASU Art Museum

The exhibition will be open October 10, 2009 – February 20, 2010, but you can get a sneak peak at all of our Defining Sustainability exhibitions at our Opening Reception on October 9!

Reception details:

Friday October 9, 7 – 9 p.m.

FREE and open to everyone

No registration or RSVPs needed- just show up!

FREE parking is located at the NEC of Mill Ave at 10th Street (1 light south of University) just outside of the Ceramics Research Center.

Questions? call us at 480.965.2787

We’ll see you in the galleries!


September 29, 2009 at 11:05 pm

And apparently we throw a pretty good party…

Thank you to everyone who gave us some recognition in Phoenix New Times Best Of list for our Street Party last April! And especially thanks to Martha + Mary and our Advisory Board members for throwing it all together. It was a great turn- out and a lot of fun. I hope we’ll get to do another one! Check back here for details as they become available.


September 29, 2009 at 9:00 pm

National radio program features ASU Art Museum’s Defining Sustainability season

Presented on 24 affiliate stations across the United States, Sea Change Radio features the current ASU Art Museum season Defining Sustainability and interviews with ASU Art Museum senior curator and interim director Heather Lineberry, and Tempe-based artist Kade Twist in a segment titled “Art of Sustainability”.

Listen to the segment online at:

And a quick reminder, internationally-recognized artist Mel Chin will be presenting a free public lecture this evening as part of the Defining Sustainability season, Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m, ASU Neeb Hall.

Can’t make it tonight? Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 25, at 9 a.m., Chin is presenting a workshop that’s open to everyone. Come to the museum and be a part of his national project, Fundred Dollar Bill/Operation Paydirt! (Free)

Questions: call the museum at 480.965.2787 or email publicist Diane: diane dot wallace at asu dot edu

-Curator John and Diane

September 24, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Change at the Museum

ASU Art Museum 3rd floor gallery under construction

Working as a volunteer gives an interesting perspective on museums and art.  I have been a volunteer here for a few months and have experienced how dynamic the environment here really is.   As the fall season gets into full swing we hope to be providing more and more behind-the-scenes footage of the workings of a museum.

Last week I snapped a few quick photos of the third floor gallery under construction, and this week I took a few more showing how things are shaping up there.

The gallery is still under construction, but things are progressing rapidly.  Now classes are being taught, and many pieces are  fully assembled and presented.

Students attend a class in the third floor gallery, still under construction

Exhibitions change here every three months – a refreshing idea to a person like me who previously thought of museums as being generally static places for experiencing art.  In the two photos you can see the evolution of the red ceramic sculpture of Eddie Dominguez as well as other select works of art.

On the second floor, I’m Keeping an Eye on You, curated by John Spiak is progressing rapidly as well.  In the photo you can see the curator himself hard at work on one of the current installations.

Curator John Spiak works on his current exhibition "I'm Keeping an Eye on You"

Not only do the exhibitions change frequently, the variety of artwork that they sample is extraordinary.  In the third floor there is everything from paintings, photos, ceramics and sculpture, while the I’m Keeping an Eye on You exhibition will rely heavily on video installations.  In this photo curator John Spiak works diligently on his new exhibition.


September 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I’m Keeping an Eye On You

I'm Keeping an Eye on You exhibition at ASU Art Museum

I'm Keeping an Eye on You exhibition at ASU Art Museum

Free Gallery Talk with Curator John Spiak:

Friday, Sept. 18 at 11am

Season Reception:

Friday, Oct. 9 from 7-9pm

*Exhibitions, receptions and talks are all FREE and open to the public! No reservations are required- just show up! Free parking is available for the museum at the northeast corner of Mill Ave. and 10th Street, just outside of the Ceramics Research Center, in museum-marked spaces.*

Through personal, established relationships, casual encounters, forced institutional interactions or contact from a safe distance, we often overstep our boundaries.  Whether we are conscious or not of our boundary-breaking,  we are all guilty at one time or another of intruding into other people’s lives and space. What may pass as  uneventful for one individual may be the cause of great anxiety and fear for another.  I’m Keeping an Eye on You explores the broad and lasting effects of our curiosity and intrusions upon others.

Artists featured in I’m Keeping an Eye on You include:

Mounira Al Solh (Amsterdam/Beirut), Rachel Garfield (London),

Charlotte Ginsborg (London), Pia Greschner (Berlin),

Myung-Soo Kim (Tempe), Yaron Lapid (London),

Jeff Luckey (New York/Berlin), Johnna MacArthur (Los Angeles)

Michael Mohan (Los Angeles), Corinna Schnitt (Hamburg).

I’m Keeping an Eye on You premiered as a Video Project Space in December of 2008 at Aqua Art Miami, Wynwood

This project is generously made possible by:

Helme Prinzen Endowment @ ASU Art Museum

Skull Candy –

Aqua Art Miami –

I’m Keeping an Eye on You is an ASU Art Museum Moving Targets initiative:

We look forward to having you join us!


September 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Welcome Artist Mel Chin to ASU Art Museum!

Artist Mel Chin at ASU Art Museum Sept. 24 & 25

Artist Mel Chin at ASU Art Museum Sept. 24 & 25

We’re excited to bring Mel Chin’s project, Fundred Dollar Bill/Operation Paydirt, to ASU Art Museum this month! He’ll be giving a lecture on September 24 at the Tempe campus, which is free and offers a reception with the artist afterward. The following day is a workshop at the museum for everyone to contribute their own art to the project (which is an attempt to make post-Katrina New Orleans a lead-safe city).

All events are totally free and open to the public.  Please see our web site for more information or call us at 480.965.2787.


September 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm 1 comment

First Saturdays for Families is Sept. 5 at ASU Art Museum!

Model Magic pinch pots

Model Magic pinch pots

First Saturdays for Families, September 5, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This month we’ll look at the Ceramic Research Center’s exhibition Native Confluence: Sustaining Cultures

Pinch pots are one of the oldest forms of ceramics and are still made today by Native Americans. Join us in the multipurpose room at the museum to make a pinch pot out of Crayola Model Magic. Kids get to keep their projects!

First Saturdays for Families is a free program that’s open to everyone. You don’t need a reservation- just stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to join the fun!

Free parking is available in museum-marked spaces just outside the Ceramics Research Center on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue at 10th Street. Just sign in at the visitors desk when you walk in.

See you Saturday!


September 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm

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