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Friday Conversations@11: Canalscape with Braden Kay

Don’t miss the next great discussion in our ongoing series.  This Friday the 20th, ASU graduate student Braden Kay, who has worked extensively with Dr. Nan Ellin,  will host the discussion about the Canalscape project.  The conversation will be held in our Nymphaeum amongst the current installation of Canalscape at our museum.  It’s from 11-12 and, as always, free of charge.



November 19, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Canalscape photos

Canalscape photo by Nick Klofkorn

A photo of the canalscape installation at ASU ART Museum, as part of the season on Defining Sustainability.  I took this photo of the nymphaeum in infrared, which requires special film or a modified camera, because I thought it would look cool.

Infrared turns foliage white and skies black (unless they are overcast.)  There are a few more on the flickr page of the museum which is at



November 13, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Short Film Festival 2010


Prior year's event. Photo courtesy Ken Storch.

Please join us at the museum for the 2010 Short Film Festival.  The festival will be held on April 17, at 8 PM, at our museum on the plaza. 

The festival is an annual outdoor film and video event to celebrate the artistic and creative endeavors of people with different visions and levels of experience.  More information is, as always, available on the museum’s event page.


October 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Kathy Butterly lecture tonight!


Just a reminder that we will be having a lecture by Kathy Butterly, part of the Jan Fisher Memorial Lecture series! Tonight at 7:45 PM at Core 170.  There is a free reception with the artist following at the CRC.


October 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

We anticipate the arrival of Jillian McDonald

jillian banner

Jillian McDonald’s new exhibition Alone Together in the Dark is about to open! Exhibition dates are Oct. 5, 2009 – Jan 9, 2010.

Jillian will be  in residence Oct. 5 – Nov. 14, 2009.  As with all of our Social Studies projects, we encourage everyone to come to the museum to meet the artist and work directly with her, to influence and help create her project! It’s free to participate, and you never know who you’re going to meet…

Also- join in our free conversations with the artist and curator John Spiak:

Friday Conversations @11 – Oct. 9 (The Start)

Friday Conversations @11 – Nov. 13 (The End)

Social Studies challenges the traditional exhibition format by opening with an empty gallery and an artist in residence who considers social interaction a crucial part of their art-making.  Vistors are invited into the gallery to participate with the artist to create objects and installations, or to observe and question the process.  Working through public/private partnerships with multiple ASU departments, schools and community organizations, the project brings museum visitors into the creative process, invites extensive collaboration with community and university students, and emphasizes the museum’s role as a vital gatehring place.

This is our fifth Social Studies project.

October 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm

New installation going up in the galleries!

Installing a bottles which depicts change in water levels at the Hoover dam over time

Installing a bottles which depicts change in water levels at the Hoover dam over time

Just a brief update to show some of the new work going up in one of our galleries.  Being involved working or volunteering at an organization that changes so rapidly is an interesting experience.

Sometimes things are changing so rapidly I have a tough time keeping track of them all.  In this installation, “Hoover: Water | Power,” artist Richard Lerman uses  different materials to explore water as a resource, the Hoover dam and interaction of man with his environment.  This will definitely be one of the exhibitions to keep an eye on as it nears completion.

– Nick

October 1, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Broadcast TV visits us to interview Mel Chin

Picture of Mel Chin interview

Picture of Mel Chin and also a very fine pink hat

Last week the TV show Planet Awesome visited our museum to interview artist Mel Chin.  The colorfully dressed Stefan, host of Planet Awesome, took an hour to learn more about the artist as well as his current project – the Fundred dollar bill – which aims to reduce toxic levels of lead in the land of Louisiana.  In this photo you can see them talking in the defining sustainability exhibition that is currently on display at the museum.

What really surpised me was the depth and breadth of information that came out in the short time frame of the interveiw.  In addition to general information on the project, there was a lively discussion about lead, why it occurs, its effects, and what means are necessary to decrease lead levels in the environment.  The artist also discussed his relationships with the people and the environment in his project, as well as his own motivations and compulsions for his current project.

– Nick

October 1, 2009 at 9:27 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

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