Posts tagged ‘exhibitions’

Congratulations for some ASU Art Museum friends

Check out this article by Kathleen Vanesian in Phoenix New Times, about three artists from the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale who were hand-picked to show at the 17th Biennale of Sydney: ASU Herberger Institute’s own Angela Ellsworth, whose work was in ASU Art Museum not all that long ago, Claudio Dicochea, who earned his MFA from Arizona State University just last year, according to the article, and Enrique Chagoya, who has paintings included in ASU Art Museum’s collection.

Congratulations, all!


February 17, 2010 at 7:10 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

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

Insight Bowl 2009

For all you sports fans, the Insight Bowl is coming to Sun Devil Stadium on December 31, 2009!

Lucky for competing teams’ fans, too, because they’re from some pretty chilly places – Iowa and Minnesota, to be exact. Welcome to the desert! I’m thinking our 60-degree weather is positively balmy for you guys.  While you’re here, we hope you’ll take advantage of all the great stuff to do, including coming over to Mill Ave and coming to see the museum, ’cause there’s nothing wrong with a little culture in between games and parties (especially when said culture is Free!)

There’s a nice article here from Iowa’s Gazette Online of things to do while you’re in town, or just head to the Tempe CVB site for ideas, too.

For the locals reading this – all those people who’ll soon be wandering about in t-shirts and shorts aren’t crazy. They’re just football fans.

-Diane (who is only teasing, football fans!)

December 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm

truly a native confluence

A short video (done on my iPhone!) showing off the latest addition to Native Confluence: Sustaining Cultures at ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. The exhibition, which features Postcommodity Collective, Nora Naranjo Morse and Bill and Athena Steen, runs through November 28, 2009.

The ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center is open Tuesday 11am – 8pm, and Wed – Sat 11am – 5pm. Free parking is located immediately outside the building at the northeast corner of Mill Ave. at 10th Street.

When you’re done, come on over to the main building to see the rest of the Defining Sustainability season including Canalscape, Alone Together in the Dark, I’m Keeping an Eye on You and more!


November 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm

random but funny

I just got this link from a Google alert and thought I’d share. It looks like something I wrote was translated into another language and then translated back to English by a non-human bot. My favorite line, I think, is the “free, hands-on art labor for the minors”.

I love me a good funny. Below, a copy of the page. It does, though, reference our sustainability season as it was picked up in the Discovery Channel’s Treehugger site, which is pretty cool.

-diane  :)

“October 28

Media involvement in ASU Art Museum ‘s Shaping Sustainability season

ASU Art Museum Defining Sustainability season covered on Treehugger.comASU Art Museum Shaping Sustainability season covered

Snap the image above to read the full article on the ASU Art Museum ‘s up-to-the-minute season of exhibitions entitled Delineate Sustainability It Holds exciting for us that so many people are besides interested therein subject one we all cognise is not rattlingly new to artists.

Come by the museum Tuesdays – Sat through Jan 2010 to see all of the exhibitions personally. An added fillip – the first Sabbatum of every month the museum holds free hands-on art labor for the minors! Cheque out our internet site calendar for dates and times.


October 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm 1 comment

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

amazing high school student

I just stumbled on this article in Wired Magazine about a 16 year old student in Ontario, Canada, who has found a way to make plastic degrade in as little as three months- for a science fair project! Check it out here.

Sustainability is on everyone’s minds, and that’s a good thing. This fall the ASU Art Museum will be featuring a full semester of art and sustainability projects, from traditional, historic art pieces to creating a Canalscape feature in our front entryway and even a ceramics clay project that will take over our Ceramics Reseach Center.

You can see all of our project information on our Defining Sustainability season on our website,, or linked here.


August 3, 2009 at 4:23 pm

change of seasons

changing exhibitions at ASU Art Museum

changing exhibitions at ASU Art Museum

Another iPhone photo as we get ready for the summer season. We’re sad to see the exhibition Breathing is Free leaving us, but there’s an audience waiting in Chicago so it’s being prepared for shipping. Our lead preparator, Stephen (noticeably absent for photos!) is working nonstop to change over galleries to the summer exhibitions. This gallery on the second floor is being readied for our summer family exhibition Food: Feast for the Eyes, which will be showing May 16 (that’s next Saturday!) – August 29, 2009.  

As always, our annual Family Fun Day (scheduled for Saturday, July 11!) is themed with the family exhibition, so expect lots of food, nutrition and health activities and fun stuff at this year’s event!

Also- if you haven’t yet seen Kurt Weiser’s exhibition Eden Revisited, this week is your last chance before it too travels to a new destination. The exhibition officially closes next Saturday, May 16, so come by to see some truly amazing ceramic art before it’s on its way!

Last chance for Kurt Weiser's exhibition Eden Revisited at ASU Art Museum

Last chance for Kurt Weiser's exhibition Eden Revisited at ASU Art Museum



May 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm

greetings from Brazil!


Please join us this Friday, February 20 at 11am for the FREE talk with Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio, on the beginning of his Social Studies initiative residency:


with additional speakers Marcio Botner, director of A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, and John Spiak, curator at the ASU Art Museum.

This week’s conversation is an opportunity to welcome Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio as he shares insight into his earlier work and concepts for his community collaborative work during the residency. The conversation will be the first opportunity for personal conversations with the artist to develop collaboration possibilities as the artist begins his six week Social Studies residency in the ASU Art Museum.  

This project is made possible through funding provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, F.A.R. (Future Arts Research) @ Arizona State University, and Friends of the ASU Art Museum. In-kind support provided by Comfort Inn of Tempe.

Conversations @ 11 is a free series to explain and discuss current projects happening at the museum. Meet artists, curators, collectors and guests in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while you learn more about art.

And plan to join us later that evening for the FREE Spring Season Kick-off celebration Friday, from 7-9pm!

Joining us at the reception will be Brazilian artist Paulo Nenflidio and ceramic artist Kurt Weiser, we’ll have a dance performance throughout the evening as well as hands-on activities for the kids (and who doesn’t like origami?) All activities, snacks, admission and even parking is free!

*Find free parking: on the NE Corner of Mill Ave and 10th Street there are spaces marked for the museum, and also the big parking lots open to the public at 7pm. Very convenient!


Keep your money and support the arts at the same time. What a great way to start the weekend!

-diane :)

February 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm

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