• Kelly Richardson, Mariner 9 (detail), 2012. Panoramic video installation with sound; 9 × 43 feet, 5.1 audio, 20 minute seamless loop. Originally commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Courtesy of the artist and Birch Contemporary, Toronto, Canada. © Kelly Richardson

    Kelly Richardson: Tales on the Horizon

    Sep 12 – Jan 10, 2016

  • James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek), Shift, 2014. Latex paint on wall. The Store@SMoCA and Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Courtyard. Co-commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art. Photo: © Sean Deckert / Calnicean Projects

    Murals by James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek)

    Currently On View

  • Bruce Munro, CDSea, 2010. Installation at Long Knoll, Wiltshire, United Kingdom. Courtesy of the artist. © Bruce Munro. Photo: Mark Pickthall

    Bruce Munro: Ferryman’s Crossing

    Oct 3 – Apr 24, 2016

  • Chris Fraser, In outline, 2012. Site-specific installation in existing room with lath, light, sound and weather on March 3, 2011; 11 x 16 x 16 feet. Commissioned by Highlight Gallery, San Francisco, California. Courtesy of the artist. © Chris Fraser

    Architecture + Art Chris Fraser: Looking Back

    Oct 3 – Jan 10, 2016


upcoming events

Bruce Munro

Artist Talk: Bruce Munro

Oct 1|7:00 pm| Free

Hear artist Bruce Munro talk about his large-scale light installations and the creative shifts that occur when he moves them from outdoor, public spaces to museum galleries. Seating first come, first served. To…

Kelly Richardson, Orion Tide (still), 2013 – 14. Dual- or single-channel HD video installation, with audio; 9 × 32 feet or 9 × 16 feet (variable). Courtesy of the artist and Birch Contemporary, Toronto, Canada. © Kelly Richardson

Fall Opening Celebration

Oct 2|7:00 pm| Free

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to celebrate three new Exhibitions at its Fall Opening on Friday October 2nd beginning at 7 pm. Mingle with curators and artists at…

Edwidge Danticat

Author Talk: Edwidge Danticat

Oct 15|7:30 pm| Free

Join award-winning Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat as she reads from her newest book, Untwine. The reading will be followed by a book-signing in SMoCA Lounge. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 2 RSVP…

The Martian by Andy Weir, 2014

Lunch & Lit: The Martian

Oct 16|12:00 pm| Ticketed

The Martian by Andy Weir Speakers: Astrobiologist Steve Desch and Curator Emily Stamey Read the book or don’t, but do join us for delicious food and tasty conversation. Fee: $10 (Free for Friends…

Programs for Kids

SMoCA is delighted to share with school children and teachers a stellar season of exciting learning experiences, from arts activities to guided tours and slide presentations brought free of charge to your classroom.
We invite you to participate.

Child Drawing

The SMoCA Lounge

A gallery transformed, SMoCA Lounge is the intersection of art, design, lively dialogue, education and community. Open until 9:00p on Fri & Sat with free museum admission after 5:00p.
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James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek), Radiate, 2014. Latex paint on wall. SMoCA Lounge. Commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: © Sean Deckert / Calnicean Projects

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