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Adventures in curating, or “The Invisible Architect”


Juan Downey, “Anaconda Map of Chile,” 1973. Photo by Harry Shunk, courtesy of the Juan Downey Foundation.

Just back from a trip to the East Coast to research several upcoming exhibitions and projects. My first stop was the MIT List Visual Art Center to visit the Juan Downey exhibition, The Invisible Architect, which the ASU Art Museum will be presenting this fall. It is a fascinating and complex body of work by a Chilean-born artist who experimented with new technology and its role in our society beginning in the late 1960s. Downey (1940-1993) worked with a number of artists from that period, including Gordon Matta-Clark and Bill Viola, on interactive performances and videos. Much of his early work explored the invisible connections between and among humans, the body and the built environment .

Later he started to explore issues central to his personal history and experiences. In the mid 1970s, he and his family lived for several months with the Yanomami Indians in the Amazon, arriving by canoe with their art materials and video camera. Downey made ironic, pseudo-documentary videos that critiqued Western anthropological approaches.

The sleepers in the exhibition are the beautiful paintings and drawings, many of them maps of the Americas or fantastic architectural structures. The show was featured in Artforum’s summer preview issue; after showing here in Tempe, it will travel to the Bronx Museum.

Ever since my return, I have been working with the rest of the curatorial team to plan for the installation of The Invisible Architect in three of our galleries. We are juggling multiple videos, installations — and an Anaconda.

You never know where curatorial work will take you…more soon.

Heather Sealy Lineberry
Senior Curator and Associate Director,  ASU Art Museum

July 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Re-Thinking the Museum: Curator Ian Berry on “A Manifesto of Yes: Optimistic Practices in Art and Teaching”

Here’s another in our series of “Re-Thinking” videos, this one an abridged version of Tang curator Ian Berry’s talk here at the Museum.

April 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

More Similar Than Different + Tent City Jail Tour Opportunity

Lately we have been using the tag line “ASU Art Museum is a community incubator re-thinking the museum through sustainability, diversity of knowledge and shared human experience – recognizing we are more similar than different.”  This was extremely apparent this past Friday evening as I stood in the Museum’s Turk Gallery for the public reception of Gregory Sale’s It’s not just black and white, having conversations, sharing stories and observing what was occurring before my eyes.

There was a great diversity among the over 1,200 individuals who attended the season opening reception, with backgrounds as wide as the imagination –  a former inmate, a deputy chief from the sheriff’s office, parents of a young lady who had lost her life in prison, lawyers, the editor of Arizona Prison Watch, the mental health director for Maricopa County Correctional Health Services, the justice system coordinator for Maricopa County, the executive co-directors of the Arizona Justice Project, the adult probation supervisor for Maricopa County Adult Probation, educators, artists, activists, students and community members.

(L to R) Dr. Dawn Noggle, Mental Health Director, Maricopa County Correctional Health Services; MaryEllen Sheppard, Deputy Chief, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office; Amy Rex, Justice System Coordinator, Maricopa County; John Spiak, Curator, ASU Art Museum; Sue Ellen Allen, Co-founder and Executive Director, Gina’s Team; Lindsay Herf, Executive Co-Director, Arizona Justice Project; Katie Puzauskas, Executive Co-Director, Arizona Justice Project; Gregory Sale, Artist

It was truly heartening to see all the individuals collectively, not just in the same room, but having respectful and informed conversations with one another. They come to the conversations through direct experiences, knowledge, insights. They all expressed concerns, talked about budget issues, shared their struggles with perceptions and prejudices, creating conversations with one another within the context of Gregory’s project. There was talk about the possibility of joint board meetings, scheduling outside one-on-one lunches and using the space for future dialogue and activation.

Their approaches, roles and ways of taking on issues may differ, but it was very clear to me they all share passion – a passion to see that the world becomes a better place. Whether it is creating positive education or rehabilitation programs from the inside, monitoring current systems that may be failing, assisting inmates with opportunities once they are on the outside, or preventing people from getting to the inside in the first place, these individuals all embodied what it means to care as human beings. 

I was able to recognize throughout the evening: We are more similar than different.

I encourage you to share in the experience. Gregory has a few upcoming events that are open to the public and may be of interest.   

The first is An Inside/Outside Prison Writing Workshop, with former inmates and former prison employees, which will take place Tuesday, March 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. here at the Museum. The second is an opportunity to tour Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Tent City Jail on Wednesday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m.

These are just the beginning of programming for the course of this ASU Art Museum Social Studies initiative residency.

You can sign-up for the Tent City Jail tours and keep posted on all project activities through the It’s not just black and white website at the following address:

– John Spiak, Curator

It’s not just black and white is supported a grant from
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

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Waiting for Release, Sentencing Reform & Welcoming Home
Invitation to Join Us for Volunteer Event – GINA’s Team
Inside & Outside – It’s not just black and white
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Olympic Gold Medalist, Gina’s Team and PVCC Students!
IT’S NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE: Gregory Sale – Social Studies Project 6

February 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm 12 comments

ASU Art Museum exhibition lands in NYC

Intertwined banner on Museum of Arts and Design exterior

Intertwined banner on Museum of Arts and Design exterior

We’re very excited that an exhibition co-curated by our very own Sr. Curator and Interim Associate Director Heather Lineberry is now showing at the prestigious Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum) in New York.  Here’s a bit from our press release:

“The Arizona State University (ASU) Art Museum exhibition Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection has been extended to show at Museum of Arts and Design in New York City through Sept. 12, 2010.

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) requested an extension of the Intertwined tour for their institution after it completed a successful exhibition at ASU Art Museum and national five-city tour. Formerly the American Craft Museum, Museum of Arts and Design is the leading museum in the U.S. for the exhibition and interpretation of contemporary craft. This is the first ASU Art Museum-organized exhibition to travel to a major New York museum.”

Congratulations to Heather and her co-curator, artist and scholar Jane Sauer. And much thanks to Sara and David Lieberman for sharing their amazing collection and for continuing to support ASU Art Museum in many ways. Click the photo above to go to the full release on our ASU News site, and for details on the location and hours of the show in New York.


April 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Great date night at ASU Art Museum

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Please join us at ASU Art Museum Friday, Oct. 9, from 7 – 9 p.m. for our Defining Sustainability opening reception!

As always, the reception and all activities are FREE and open to the public.

Details follow:


Take the Valley Metro LIGHT RAIL with your friends and family to the MILL AVENUE stop, then stroll south through Downtown Tempe to the ASU ART MUSEUM @ 10th STREET (just south of University).




Refreshments generously provided by Whole Foods, Caffe Boa, Fairytale Brownies, Essence Bakery Café.

Live music provided by Postcommodity Collective.

ArtZone –  Participate in Mel Chin’s current project Fundred Dollar Bill/Operation Paydirt. Come get creative for a great cause!

Community members will present sustainable practices from simple, low-tech ideas to the technologically advanced.

The season opening reception is co-sponsored by the Global Institute for Sustainability and its School of Sustainability.

Organization support for the sustainable demonstrations area provided by EcoAid, Arizona Homegrown Solutions and Tempe’s ERIC, Educational/Recycling Information Center.

Defining Sustainability
exhibitions include:
at the Ceramics Research Center-
Nora Naranjo Morse, Athena & Bill Steen,
Postcommodity Collective (Kade Twist, Steven Yazzie,
Nathan Young and Raven Chacon)

in the main museum:


Julie Anand, Richard Lerman, Carrie Marill

Jason Griffiths and Design Studio

Social Studies residency project:


Moving Targets exhibition:

I’M KEEPING AN EYE ON YOU, group video exhibition

Mounira Al Solh, Rachel Garfield, Charlotte Ginsborg, Pia Greschner,
Myung-Soo Kim, Yaron Lapid, Jeff Luckey, Johnna MacArthur,
Michael Mohan, Corinna Schnitt

Click here to listen to NATIONAL RADIO coverage of the Defining Sustainability season

Defining Sustainability at the ASU Art Museum was co-organized by Global Institute of Sustainability and its School of Sustainability, ASU; School of Art and School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU; School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and American Indian Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU; and ASU Institute for Humanities Research.

Projects and exhibitions supported by Helme Prinzen Endowment, Evelyn Smith Family Exhibition Fund, The FUNd at the ASU Art Museum, ASU Art Museum Advisory Board, Joseph Dung Ceramics Initiative, EDAW/AECOM, Arizona Humanities Council, Pyramid Developers, O Premium Waters, Skull Candy, Prisma Graphic, Spicers Paper and SRP.

Educational programs sponsored by Jean Stange Memorial Fund, Red & Alva Foundation, the family of Jan Fisher and Scottsdale League for the Arts.

We look forward to having you JOIN US!

Need more information? Call us! 480.965.2787.

By the way, there’s free parking available! Look outside the Ceramics Research Center, on the Northeast corner of Mill Ave at 10th Street, for the museum-marked spaces. Just log in at the computer on the security desk in either the CRC or the museum, so we know you’re here for us!


October 2, 2009 at 6:04 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

Fall 2009: Defining Sustainability, at ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum Fall 09 season poster listing Defining Sustainability exhibitions

ASU Art Museum Fall 09 season poster listing Defining Sustainability exhibitions

Once again, our curator Jean Makin did a fantastic job designing our season poster announcement. Thank you, Jean!

(If you like the poster, I’m working on a printable version to download from our website. Check for this 11×13 poster you can have free!)

The Defining Sustainability season is slowly starting to ramp up here at the museum. Join us for our first event on August 28, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Ceramics Research Center:  the opening reception for the Postcommodity site-specific installation and intervention, Do You Remember When?. A blessing will be performed at 7PM to honor Indigenous/non-Indigenous collaboration and cooperation for a sustainable future.

And if you’d like to talk with both our curator of ceramics, Peter Held, and the artists of Postcommodity, you can also attend our Conversations @11 series- also on August 28, at 11 a.m.

All of our events at ASU Art Museum are free and open to the public. Be part of the creativity and conversation at ASU Art Museum!


August 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm 1 comment

Aqua Art Miami!

I recently returned from Miami and the amazing art fair week! Through the extreme generosity of Aqua Art Miami, the ASU Art Museum presented I’m Keeping an Eye on You, a curated Video Project Space at Aqua Wynwood, as part of the ASU Art Museum Moving Targets Initiative.

Thanks to Aqua’s Jaq Chartier, Dirk Park, Joshua Weinberg and Bhavin Patel for their incredible energy and support. Thanks as well to the Scenic Group’s Craig Hensala, Simon Watson and Molly Myer for all their promotional efforts and networking support.

A thank you must also go to Jenea Sanchez for assistance in creating program material for the presentation in Miami. Thank you as well to the ASU Art Museum Advisory Board, specifically Eddie and Ellyce Shea, for hosting a preview event of the project at their home in Phoenix.

I must thank Heather Lineberry, Interm Director at the ASU Art Museum for her support in the Museum’s participation.

Lastly, this project would not be possible with out the over 425 artists who submitted work for review and made recommendations of artists for consideration, most specifically the ten artists selected for the final project; Mounira Al Solh, Rachel Garfield, Charlotte Ginsborg, Pia Greschner, Myung-Soo Kim, Yaron Lapid, Jeff Luckey, Johnna MacArthur, Michael Mohan and Corinna Schnitt. The process has been extremely rewarding and through it I have discovered numerous artists that I look forward to working with and presenting their work in future exhibitions.

I’m Keeping an Eye on You travels to the ASU Art Museum, premiering as a full scale exhibition in fall of 2009, so make your plans now to pay us a visit.

Here are some images that will give you a feel of the overall presentation at Aqua Wynwood.

Hope you enjoy!

John Spiak
ASU Art Museum

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner close-up

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner close-up

Text Panel and Notebooks with complete program information inside the exhibition space.

Text Panel and Notebooks with complete program information inside the exhibition space.

Rachel Garfield You're Joking! as it appeared in warm-up runs of the program

Rachel Garfield You're Joking! as it appeared in warm-up runs of the program

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

December 10, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Mikki Weithorn

Mikki Weithorn, whose partial collection is featured in the Museum (The Other Mainstream ll) talked to a group of docents and staff this morning. Here she is with Sr. Curator Heather Lineberry in the gallery showing her collection. She’ll be at the reception tonight- come say hello!

Heather Lineberry (L) and Mikki Weithorn, in front of one piece from Mikki’s collection, opening tonight. The Other Mainstream ll will be available to view in the Museum until January 4, 2009.

— Diane

September 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm

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