Archive for January, 2010

Phantoms of the museum

Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey at ASU Art Museum

Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey at ASU Art Museum

With Wanxin Zhang’s exhibition opening in just a few days, the gallery is really starting to, er, come to life, so to speak. Thanks to the Arcadia News whose reporter recently interviewed Zhang (Jan. 2010 issue) for helping bring the artist’s intent more to light as well. (She also had a great section on one of our other exhibiting artists, Gordon Cheung.)

You should also know that Zhang will be here at ASU Art Museum at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 to speak at our Conversations @11 series. It’s a *great* opportunity to speak with him personally about his art, his creative process, how his life in China influenced his youth and art, how moving to America may have changed things…

Also, a shout out to the journalism & PR students I spoke to yesterday evening! It was great to meet you [HINT] all and I hope I’ll be seeing you [YOUR DIVERSITY STORY] around the museum for [PROFILE STORY] some of your writing [IS HERE] projects.


January 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm

A thank you

Thanks to Honest Tea for offering to donate beverages for our Phoenix Phundred Phinale Mardi Gras Part


January 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Warriors at ASU Art Museum

Wanxin Zhang warrior at ASU Art Museum

he looks sort of mad at the moment...

unpacking warriors at ASU Art Museum

unpacking warriors at ASU Art Museum

We at the museum have all been really excited to finally see this new exhibition in person – Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey. These large-scale ceramic pieces are inspired by the Qin terra cotta army that was found in China in 1974. But this illustrious artist has added decidedly American twists to his people – Mickey Mouse ears, anyone?

Of course I went running to the gallery with my iPhone when I heard they were unpacking. (They actually seem a little creepy, all wrapped in plastic as they are still.)  I’m really excited to see the whole gallery filled with these!

Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey is open Jan. 30 – May 1, 2010. Feel free to join us for the free opening reception on Friday, Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m. too.

The artist will actually be at ASU Art Museum on Friday, Feb. 5 for a Conversations @11 lecture, so you’ll even have the chance to meet him in person and ask him about his work and creative process.


PS: Gordon Cheung and his lovely wife Rui are HERE now! Come meet him this Friday at 11am at the museum!

January 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Phoenix Phundred Phinale

Phoenix Fundreds Finale events

Click the picture to print a copy of the events flyer!

February is the last month that Mel Chin’s Fundred Dollar Bill project will be at ASU Art Museum – the armored truck is coming to pick up our Fundreds on Feb. 25 at 10am.

To give everyone some last chances to contribute to the project, we’re holding three events to encourage you to come in and have some fun. All three are free and open to the public:

Feb. 9: The Arizona premiere screening of Mel Chin’s award-winning animated film 9-11/9-11: A Tale of Two Cities. A Tragedy of Two Times. Join us at 7 p.m. in the 3rd floor gallery.

Feb. 16: Mardi Gras at ASU Art Museum with a free concert by Phoenix band Peachcake! See a clip of the show The Planet Awesome, who interviewed Mel at the museum, have some free snacks, and earn beads for creating your Fundred and donating it to the project – then head out to the plaza for the concert! The party starts at 7 p.m.

Feb 25: Live music, museum tours and your *really last chance to create your Fundred before the truck arrives at 10am.

As always, ASU Art Museum is free to come in and free to participate, and is open to everyone.  You can come by the museum any time during regular hours as well, if you can’t make an event, to still create your own Fundred to donate. The project is located in our lobby with the materials you need until Feb. 25.

See you in the galleries,


(You can click on the graphic above to print out the flyer, too!)

January 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm 1 comment

Sundance ♥s ASU Art Museum

Some exciting 2010 Sundance Film Festival connections for the Arizona State University Art Museum we knew you would enjoy…

Phoenix based artist/videomaker Matthew Moore’s work is selected as part of the Official 2010 Sundance New Frontiers program to take place during this year’s festival.

You will remember Moore’s farm installation and photo works from the 2006 exhibition New American City: Artists Look Forward.  He will be doing a major video art installation at a supermarket in Park City.  Here is a link:

Sundance Link

ASU Art Museum Project Link

Michael Mohan, a filmmaker from our 2008 ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival and whose work The Interrogation appeared in the recent I’m Keeping an Eye on You group video exhibition at the Museum, has his newest film One Too Many Mornings as an Official Selection for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance Link

ASU Art Museum Project Link

ASU Art Museum 2008 Short Film and Video Festival

Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men, which won her the Silver Lion for best director at the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009 and was screened for the very first time publically as an early edit version in November of 2007 when the artist presented a lecture at ASU Art Museum, is an Official Sundance Selection this year.  The artist had a major solo exhibition at the ASU Art Museum in 2001:

Sundance Link

ASU Art Museum Project Link

Pipilotti Rist’s Lobe of Lung (The Saliva Ooze Away to the Underground) will be included in the Sundance New Frontiers program.  Her work was presented in a solo exhibition at the ASU Art Museum in 2002:

Sundance Link

ASU Art Museum Project Link

Congratulations to all of our ASU Art Museum friends!

Who’ll be next? Join us on the plaza for the 14th Annual Short Film & Video Festival on April 17!

– Curator John and diane

January 14, 2010 at 11:37 pm

ASU Art Museum ♥s Video Art

Annual Short Film & Video Festival on ASU Art Museum plaza!

Annual Short Film & Video Festival on ASU Art Museum plaza!

Ah, I love the museum in the spring. The students are coming back with new excitement after the holiday break, the weather outside is perfect, the exhibitions at the museum are world-class (as always) and we have great annual events coming up soon!

This season is especially great for us video fans (of which I am one!):

  • We have video art as part of the new exhibition Altered States: Paintings by Gordon Cheung, opening Jan. 9.  Four of his new pieces, to be exact.
  • We’ll be screening Mel Chin’s award-winning video work 9-11/9-11 on Feb. 2 – look for details shortly! (I was watching a bit of this earlier – it’s like an animated graphic novel and very cool.)
  • There’s a full-on video exhibition opening Feb. 20 called Forged Power: Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wylie – this will be open through May 29.
  • And wrapping it up (at least for the spring season) on April 17, the 14th Annual Short Film and Video Festival! You don’t want to miss this great evening out on the plaza behind the museum – we screen the selected films out on the back wall of the museum. Bring a chair for a really fun night out under the stars. And IT’S FREE.

Speaking of the Film Festival, this is your reminder that your deadline for submissions is Feb. 5! Check out our web site for details on how and where to send your short film for consideration into our juried festival. There’s no cost to submit your film.

Of course, we have way more going on this season than just video art. First Saturdays for Families is in full swing starting Feb. 6; the Ceramics Research Center’s studio tour weekend is Feb. 27-28 and Ceram-A-Rama is March 4-7; back by popular demand, the 2nd annual Street Party is planned for April 10 (watch this blog for more details to come!) and of course, great exhibitions year-round. (I’m really looking forward to seeing Wanxin Zhang’s Ten Year Survey exhibition).

We have a very busy spring season planned and hope you’ll join us for the fun, and the art!


January 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm

creating Altered States

installing Altered States at ASU Art Museum

installing Altered States at ASU Art Museum

Altered States - installation in progress at ASU Art Museum

Altered States - installation in progress at ASU Art Museum

Gordon Cheung’s paintings and video art are being installed in the second floor gallery for the exhibition opening this Friday!


January 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Altered States

Altered States, Jan 9 - April 10, 2010 at ASU Art Museum

We’re getting ready to open our next exhibition, Altered States: Paintings by Gordon Cheung from the Stéphane Janssen Collection. Cheung does really unique and intriguing paintings and I’m looking forward to seeing the work in person.

We’re also fortunate enough to have some of the artist’s video work as well. (And for us video art fans, this will be a great segue into the 14th Annual Short Film & Video Festival scheduled for April 17!) You’ll find four monitors in the back of his gallery included in this exhibition. We hope you’ll join us for this, Cheung’s first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum.

The artist will also be here this month! Come talk with him at a free event on Friday, January 22, at 11 a.m.

In case the graphic is hard to read, here are the details:

Altered States: Paintings by Gordon Cheung from the Stéphane Janssen Collection

Jan. 9 – April 10, 2010 at ASU Art Museum

Season Reception: Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m.

ASU Art Museum is always free and open to the public (even our Season Receptions!) We look forward to seeing you in the galleries!


January 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm

January 2010

ASU Ceramics Research Center Library