You are invited to our free, public Fall Opening Celebration! For one night only, guests will have the chance to meet some of our fall exhibiting artists face-to-face: Architecture + Art's Mexican artist Hector Zamora, flown in from Brazil; Egyptian-born Sherin Guirguis, hailing from Los Angeles; and Phoenix's very own Carrie Marill, both featured in the southwestNET exhibition series.
And take a trip back to the heady 1960s in SMoCA Lounge to meet our special guest, Fayette Hauser, an original member of the outrageous theater troupe, the Cockettes, as she performs and screens rare films from this San Francisco-based group's hey days.
Part commune, part theatre troupe, the Cockettes performed lavish stage acts regularly in the 60s and 70s at San Francisco’s Palace Theatre to a large cult following. The Cockettes are among the artists featured in West of Center, an exhibition exploring the diverse range of creative individuals based in the American West who broke barriers between art and lifestyle and embraced the new, hybrid sensibilities of the counterculture movement.
The SMoCA Fall Opening Celebration is free to the public and includes a cash bar.
SMoCA AFTER PARTY with Absolut at AZ88
Complimentary Cockette Cocktails & passed appetizers
Image: Clay Geerdes, The Cockettes Go Shopping, 1972. Archival digital print, 34 x 48 in. © Clay Geerdes.
West of Center: the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The exhibition is supported, in part, with funds provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored locally by the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation.