There Hasn’t Been a Public Hanging in 20 Years!

March 12, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Artlink, the creative force behind downtown Phoenix’s monthly First Friday events, presents Art Detour 24. Artlink, the self-guided downtown Phoenix art tour, invites all Valley artists to submit their hangable works for presentation in a Public Hanging event at the A.E. England Gallery, March 16 – 18.

Art Detour 24 is a free, two-day, self-guided tour of artist galleries, studios, and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink in cooperation with participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year and expects to draw the same to this year’s event March 17-18. Download the official flyer by clicking here.

The Public Hanging, part of Art Detour one of the Valley’s largest art events, allows artists to show off their work in an established gallery and exposed to the public. Any artist can submit their work and submissions must be no larger than 36″W X 36″H X 12″D. There is a $25 hanging fee, which goes to support First Fridays, gallery openings and more.

The Public Hanging, the first in 20 years, will be on display from March 16 to the 18th. Art Detour 24 celebrates Artlink’s 24th year of serving Arizonans with great local art. For more information or to submit your work click here.

A.E. England Gallery | 424 North Central Avenue | Phoenix, Arizona 85004

The Sea Arrives at Phoenix Art Museum

March 1, 2012 | 5:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Ahoy, fashionistas! Don your most dapper nautical-inspired ensemble and celebrate the opening of the Phoenix Art Museum’s newest fashion exhibition, The Sea, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 2. The collection, which will officially begin March 3 and continue through July 15, will navigate the high waters of the sea in its strong influence on fashion and design for many decades. Featuring items from Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Christian Lacroix for Patou and Zandra Rhodes – among many others! – this is one expedition we will want to experience over and over again.

To RSVP for the opening, call 602.307.2011 or email [email protected]

Phoenix Art Museum | 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ| 85004

I Am AZ Music at The MIM

February 20, 2012 | 2:00 PM | Exhibits | By Staff

Opening almost two years ago, The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has brought music from all of the world to the Valley. The goal of the MIM is to collect and display musical instruments from every country, culture, and respected musicians. The museum wants to share the love, it preserves, protects, and shares beautiful music so that future generations can enjoy it too.

Opening this weekend, the MIM is celebrating the rich history of Arizona music with its newest exhibition, “I AM AZ Music.” With musicians from Canyon Records to Alice Cooper to Wallace & Ladmo, the exhibition open now until January 2013 is an interactive celebration of Arizona’s vast musical culture. Check the gallery of I AM AZ Music after the jump:

MIM | 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, Arizona 85050 »READ MORE

Food + Art – Paintings

February 15, 2012 | 3:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Gallo Blanco Cafe and Bar, in the Hotel Calarendon, is hosting Food + Art – Paintings by Fred Tieken. Fred’s paintings will be on display for the month of February. Come and check out his new paintings as well as a group of his favorites personally curated for the show. Using abstract contemporary and pop art themes, his work comes from the heart as it tells his life story.

Check out Artlink Third Friday, February 17 to see the gallery from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Gallo Blanco | 401 West Clarendon Avenue | Phoenix, Arizona 85013

SMoCA Spring 2012

February 10, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or as it’s more affectionately known, SMoCA is unveiling three new exhibits this spring, with an opening celebration this Friday, February 10 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The free event tonight features DJ P-Body, cocktails and more in the SMoCA lounge.

About SMoCA’s Spring 2012 Exhibitions:

FLW’s “Organic Architecture for the 21st Century”

January 31, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

Just in time for Arizona’s centennial celebration, the Phoenix Art Museum is hosting Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century.

Taking place from now to the end of April, this exhibit commemorates the famous Arizonan architect and explores his tenets of organic architecture. Though Wright did most of his work primarily in the mid-century, his style and method resonates with today and holds a major part in Arizonan history.

The exhibition looks into many of Wright’s career accomplishments including Unity Temple in Illinois, Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, Johnson Wax Administration Building and Taliesin, both in Wisconsin and of course Taliesin West in Scottsdale. After the construction of the Taliesin West, Wright retired in the Valley and spent the remainder of his days designing dozens of residential and commercial structures.

Phx Art Museum | 1625 North Central Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85004 

Image via Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

MOMIX Botanica Blooms in Phoenix

January 26, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Ballet Arizona and Desert Botanical Garden present the Arizona premiere of MOMIX: Botanica, January 27 and January 28 at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix.

Botanica, like other MOMIX creations, creates a magical and ethereal world that is appropriate for the whole family. MOMIX dancer-illusionists conjure a world of surrealistic images using light, shadow, props, humor and the human body. Beautiful and enthralling, Botanica features an eclectic score ranging from birdsongs to Vivaldi. It follows the rhythms of the seasons, the changing shape of life on Earth and the passing of a day. The performance is enhanced by spectacular costumes, projections and giant puppetry designed by Michael Curry, acclaimed production designer for Cirque du Soleil, Disney and the Metropolitan Opera.

Ticket info and more after the jump: »READ MORE

Lila Jang at the Lux Art Institute

January 24, 2012 | 1:30 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

The Lux Art Institute in California will be showing resident Artist Lila Jang’s collection from Januar 12 – March 3. This young South Korean sculptor finds inspiration in the confines of a small living space.

Jang takes ordinary furniture and turns it into something unique and beautiful whilst keeping its practical nature. “My work represents who and where we are as human beings: in the midpoint of that constant struggle between reality and the ideal,” she said in her profile on the Lux Web site. Her pieces are often described as, fluid furniture, from the often whimsical, curvaceous designs.

Her art work has been shown across the world and if you find yourself in California you won’t want to miss this awesome exhibit.

Lux Art Institute | 1550 S. El Camino Real | Encinitas, CA 92024 »READ MORE

Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect

December 20, 2011 | 1:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

In its final weeks, see Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect at ASU Art Museum. “Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect is the first U.S. museum survey of the work of Chilean artist Juan Downey (1940-1993), an unsung video-art pioneer whose career Artforum magazine calls ‘brilliant and idiosyncratic.'” Using a variety of artistic mediums, Downey surveys our interest in modernism, post-colonial theory and contemporary art. The Chilean-born video artist has installations throughout the world including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Centre Pompidou/ Musée national d’Art moderne in Paris, France and more. Now through December 31st. Closed holidays.

ASU Art Musuem | 10th Steet & Mill Avenue | Tempe, AZ | 480-965-2787

Image by Harry Shunk via ASU Art Museum.



Montage Art Studio Opens on Mill

December 15, 2011 | 11:34 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Join Montage Art Studio tonight for their grand opening reception from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Mill Avenue space showcases Arizona artists with a variety of works including abstract sculptures, watercolor portraits, glass work and jewelry. Currently, the studio hosts 10 member artists and additional local artists are encouraged to apply.

Montage Art Studio on Mill | 740 S Mill Avenue |  Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-355-6080

Hot Spots to See Holiday Lights

December 6, 2011 | 12:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

Fluffy white flakes fell from the sky this week and we were all filled with cozy holiday cheer at the sight of it. It sparked a desire to decorate, drink peppermint flavored drinks and drive around town looking for the best holiday light displays. Lucky for you we are willing to share these finds so you can get in the spirit, too.

Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de las Luminarias is a more subtle event. 8,000 hand-lit lanterns line the walkways of the garden while food and live entertainment happens nightly. It’s just enough to get anyone in the mood. Holiday mood, that is.

The McCormick-Stillman Railroad park is a great place to take the kiddos this holiday season. With amazing light displays, a train ride around the park and high school volunteers dressed as your kids’ favorite television and movie characters (not speaking from experience, or anything), this is an event to remember. You can even wait in line to see Santa….if the evil dream shattering snow b**** didn’t already ruin the magic for your wee ones.

Glendale Glitters lights up 16 blocks of Downtown Glendale this year and it’s free, free, free to see! There are even shuttles running from 4:30 – 10:30 so you can take it all in.

Finally, if you don’t want to have to plan for such a night out, AZ Central has compiled this comprehensive map of all the great spots in Phoenix to see neighborhood lights. Just click on the lightbulb to see just what is in store for you… like a treasure hunt, but the prize is way easier to find. The best part? you don’t need to get out of your car.



Elaine Horwitch Memorial Lecture: Janine Antoni

October 25, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Art is said to be the ultimate form of expression and creativity. There are literally no boundaries, no limits, and no wrong answers.

So come and appreciate some the work of esteemed artist Janine Antoni as she speaks in honor of this year’s Elaine Horwitch Memorial Lecture on Contemporary Art and Visual Culture.


Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend

October 10, 2011 | 1:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

Ahh, the teenage years. Chances are when you look back on this time of your life, your best friend is in most of your memories. The time you ditched class, the time you dyed your hair purple, the time you hated your parents, all of these quintessential teenage milestones would be really hard to get through without the Robin to your Batman. This is why we are excited to share with you the opportunity to hear a lecture from photographer Andrea Modica at the Phoenix Art Museum’s Meet the Artist series October 22 at 2:00 p.m.

The contemporary photographer will be talking about her recent series of teenage portraits entitled “Best Friends.” The photographs are real, raw and manage to successfully convey the essence of the teenage spirit. In an interview with Dark Cloth Diaries, Modica talked about the year and a half project and its conception at a high school in Connecticut.

“I initially attempted to make single portraits. However, the student’s best friend was often nearby. This resulted in a small collection of photographs of pairs of high school students,” Modica said. Afterward, she was given a grant to do a six month residency in Modena, Italy where the majority of the series was taken. You can see more of the amazing photographs here and be sure to head on down to the Phoenix Art Museum to hear the full scoop on this talented artists’ work.

Silly Rabbit, These Pics Aren’t for Kids!

October 7, 2011 | 4:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Opening tonight, check out “Cereal Killers” by Brian Kappel at After Hours Gallery from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The installation of cereal box-inspired art running tonight through November 2nd, takes a darker look at your breakfast in a bowl. Kappel is inspired by the “…warnings and scare tactics that invade our daily lives.” And has said, “I like to think my work is akin to watching one of those old TV shows where all the doctors are smoking.”

After Hours Gallery | 116 W. McDowell Road | Phoenix, AZ 85003 | 602-710-2398

Art in History

September 30, 2011 | 9:45 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Chad Hays

Downtown Phoenix will be getting a temporary touch of art with the Phoenix Design Museum‘s limited-engagement exhibitions, opening at the historic Phoenix Seed & Feed Capitol Warehouse.

The museum’s pop-up exhibitions, which have a focus on design excellence with curated collections from around the world, will be on display starting October 1 and will run for a month. Inaugural exhibitions include AIGA 365, a design effectiveness competition; Creativity 40, an international awards show; Design For Good, socially beneficial design solutions; and work from the Ken White collection in the museum’s permanent archives. There will also be an opening reception at the Phoenix Design Museum Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. as part of Phoenix Design Week. Showings are held Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Phoenix Design Museum | 411 S. 2nd St. | Phoenix, AZ 85004 |

Read more about the historic See & Feed building after the jump.


Lock Up Your Loved One

September 26, 2011 | 9:45 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Love. Amour. Liefde. Sayang. Meil. A kiss. A hug. A smile. A note… So many ways to “love.” But nothing says love like locking up your loved one at Fascinations this week with the “Lock Your Love” campaign to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arizona.

This unique expression of love, stems from the world-wide phenomenon of lovers from France to China confessing their love with a padlock on gates, fences and bridges since early 2000. For $5 at all nine valley-wide Fascinations locations, purchase a “Love Lock” padlock, decorate and lock it to the special in store metal display as tribute to your beloved. Beginning the end of the week, the Love Locks will join the “Love” statue near the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Click here for “Love Your Love” locations.



Babies on Board at the Phoenix Zoo

September 23, 2011 | 4:30 PM | Events | By Staff

Congratulations to the Phoenix Zoo on the arrival of 8 bundles of Komodo Dragon joy to their Bush House exhibit. The baby dragons are on loan from the Los Angeles Zoo beginning Saturday, September 24 through the Spring, joining the Zoo’s resident adult dragons, Gaia and Ivan.

The baby Komodo Dragon exhibit is included with your Phoenix Zoo general admission.

Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Ariz. 85008

The MIM Opens “The Power of Music”

September 23, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

“The Power of Music: Photographic Portraits of Americans and Their Musical Instruments, 1860–1915,” opens tomorrow September 24th, running through November 27th at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale. The traveling exhibition features sixty 24″ x 36″ photographs, images and more, taking museumgoers into the lives of the people of the times. With video footage of musicians performing in the places they played, and a rare display of musical instruments from MIM’s own American collection, the exhibit is an multi-faceted portrayal of the musical influences of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ  85050, 480.478.6000



Holy SMoCA, Batman!

September 16, 2011 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Chad Hays

Have you dreamed of penning your own comic masterpiece (like DLT-fav Batman) but have never made it past the rough-draft phase of your career? If so, help is finally here. Grab your favorite writing tools and head to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art this Sunday for a self-publishing workshop for hopeful comic artists and writers. The interactive workshop will be led by artist Davin Yant of Chop Shop Comics from 1 – 4 p.m. and costs $15. Call 480.874.4641 to register.

Comic fans will also want to attend the SMoCA’s lecture with comic critic Dan Nadel and artist Jon Haddock on Thursday Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. as they “discuss the intersection and divergence of commercial and underground comics, and the place of comics in a museum setting.” The lecture is $5 for the public, free for SMoCA members and also free for those who attend the workshop on Sept. 18. Call 480.499.TKTS

Both events are in conjunction with the museum’s tandem exhibitions IDIOS KOSMOS : KOINOS KOSMOS “Us Versus Them and Masters of Collective Reality,” running through October 2.

Visit the museum’s website for more info.

Image Jon Haddock Writes His Name with Fire

It’s A (Giant) Bug’s Life

September 13, 2011 | 9:45 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Chad Hays

Entomophobics (insect scaredy cats) need not apply.

Starting today and running through New Year’s Day, the Desert Botanical Garden will be swarmed with giant insects no can of Raid stands a chance against. But that’s a good thing since the epic insects are actually delightful sculptures scattered about the park.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit features 11 ginormous insects – such as a praying mantis, spider and ants – sculpted from fallen or found wood, cut saplings, twigs, raw branches, twine, bark and other natural materials. The big bugs in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood weigh up to 1,200 pounds and range from seven feet to 25 feet long.

The Garden’s fall activities coincide with the exhibit and feature movie showings – including A Bug’s Life, Charlotte’s Web and DLT-fav Beetlejuice – and insect-focused lectures and classes.

Visit the exhibit here for further information or call 480.481.8188, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for more info or to make reservations for the movie screenings.

Guitars & Handlebars

September 9, 2011 | 9:00 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Chad Hays

Rock with the Mesa Arts Center as they kick off their 2011 season with free admission to Guitars & Handlebars tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m., featuring live rock music, a custom car and motorcycle show and theater performances.

Get a first look at five new exhibits for this season including the new installation by LEGO master Nathan Sawaya “An American LEGOcy” featuring…you guessed it…large-scale LEGO brick art.

Also be sure to check out the charitable art exhibition Six-String Masterpieces, featuring guitars hand-painted by some of the biggest names in rock like Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Corgan, Bret Michaels and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Check out MAC’s website for more details on the weekend and this season’s exhibits and events.

Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street Mesa, AZ 85201, 480.644.6500



Hippie Gypsy

September 1, 2011 | 9:45 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Alanna Watson

It’s safe to say that high fashion has a home in Phoenix. And no, we aren’t just talking about the world class shopping and those who regularly indulge in retail therapy at Barneys. We are mostly referring to the Phoenix Art Museum’s extensive costume collection and the consistently impressive exhibitions curated by costume curator extraordinare, Dennita Sewell. From the recent display of Ann Bonfoey Taylor’s amazing wardrobe to the upcoming exhibition highlighting pieces from world-renowned designer, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, we can hardly keep up with the couture.

Sant’Angelo’s exhibition, opening September 17 and continuing through February 12, will feature pieces from his extensive and critically acclaimed design career including Gypsy (1969) and Natives of the Americas (1970s) which were innovative at the time and no doubt influential in the recent revival of these trends. Here is what Dennita has to say about the exhibition in a recent interview with Arizona Costume Institute:

“Sant’Angelo was an artist with the exceptional ability to see beyond the established fashion norms, creating designs that were revolutionary in every sense – from the fabric, to the cut, to his interpretation of cultural influences. His dynamic creativity defined him as a designer and his ingenious use of stretch fabrics went beyond high fashion to influence the look of mainstream clothing. This exhibition brings new light to the magnitude of Sant’Angelo’s influence and his continued impact on fashion designers and stylists working today.”

The countdown begins.

Worth Repeating: Where to Dump Your Stuff After You Get Dumped

August 21, 2011 | 2:00 PM | Exhibits | By Staff

As chosen by you, here are the most popular stories OF ALL TIME (aka last week). Just in case you missed it.

Let’s face it, breakups suck. Uncoupling yourself from that special relationship can take weeks, sometimes months of tears, eating straight from the carton of cookie dough ice cream and recounting the tales of couple-doom to friend after friend. Then, there’s the collection of your ex-partner’s stuff, souvenirs and mementos of much happier times, lurking around to pierce your heart when least expected. We know. We’ve heard about being dumped from our friends plenty of times. Thankfully, the Musuem of Broken Relationships, an international traveling museum currently in London, offers to unburden “heartbreakers and the heartbroken” of the personal belongings of lovers’ past by collecting the remnants of failed relationships. The exhibition’s website also houses a “virtual collection,” where ex-lovers can immortalize their emails, pictures and texts anonymously as a form of self-help and closure to the loss.

Donate your old love notes, sexts, photos or check the site for your stuff here.

Where to Dump Your Stuff After You Get Dumped

August 18, 2011 | 4:02 PM | Exhibits | By Staff

Let’s face it, breakups suck. Uncoupling yourself from that special relationship can take weeks, sometimes months of tears, eating straight from the carton of cookie dough ice cream and recounting the tales of couple-doom to friend after friend. Then, there’s the collection of your ex-partner’s stuff, souvenirs and mementos of much happier times, lurking around to pierce your heart when least expected. We know. We’ve heard about being dumped from our friends plenty of times. Thankfully, the Musuem of Broken Relationships, an international traveling museum currently in London, offers to unburden “heartbreakers and the heartbroken” of the personal belongings of lovers’ past by collecting the remnants of failed relationships. The exhibition’s website also houses a “virtual collection,” where ex-lovers can immortalize their emails, pictures and texts anonymously as a form of self-help and closure to the loss.

Donate your old love notes, sexts, photos or check the site for your stuff here.

The MIM is Getting ‘All Shook Up’

August 4, 2011 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Rebecca Bogdansky

The Artist Gallery at the Musical Instrument Museum will reopen August 6th with a brand new exhibit dedicated to the King. The new exhibit, Elvis Presley: Three Decades of the King, will give fans an up close look at an array of Elvis’ musical instruments, clothing, personal items, and other interesting artifacts. To celebrate the opening of the new exhibit, Las Vegas Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards will be ‘in the building’ to entertain visitors with Elvis classics, along with Kevin Kern, the director of public relations from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., to answer questions about the exhibit.

Fans will have the chance to test their knowledge with a trivia session and even grab a peanut butter and banana sandwich from the MIM Cafe. After getting all shook up with Elvis, visitors can check out instruments from musical icons from around the world including John Lennon, Paul Simon, the Black Eyed Peas, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and many others. Doors open to the public on Saturday at 9am and general admission tickets must be purchased for entry into the celebration. For tickets and a complete schedule of events click here.

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