The Five Senses
Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw, Ernesto Neto
A visitor to an art museum naturally expects to see the art, not hear it. To anticipate smelling, tasting or touching the art requires an even more radical leap. The Five Senses begins with a simple premise: five senses, five playful works of art that inspire a sense of awe and wonderment and curiosity. The imaginative sculptures of renowned international artists Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw and Ernesto Neto activate the body and mind, cross boundaries and dodge museum conventions.
Leslie Shows: Surfacing
SPRING EXHIBITION 2014
Rich with myriad details and varied textures, the surfaces of Leslie Shows’s collaged paintings reward careful study. In them, one might find rust, plexiglass, mylar, acrylic paint, mica, magazine cutouts, crushed glass, mud, ink, sand, and engraved aluminum. An avid researcher and expansive thinker, Shows diligently and creatively explores the fluid dynamics of our material world. The slow shifts of glaciers, the crystalline formation of minerals, and the stellar origins of water have all inspired her work. Presently, the artist is developing a new series drawing on the centuries-old history of the ways in which people have transformed matter and given it new shape—from ancient lost-wax casting techniques to modern-day injection molding technologies. SMoCA visitors will have the opportunity to see the debut of these exciting new paintings in the artist’s first solo museum exhibition.
Artist Talk: Leslie Shows March 20
Hear Bay Area artist Leslie Shows talk about the eloquent shifts in materials, colors, textures and spaces that activate her paintings. Listen in as the artist speaks about the techniques by which she achieves these effects and the ideas that inspire them.
Lunchtime Docent Lectures at 12:15p
Mar 19: “Starving Artists, Not! A Survey of Highly Collectable Young Talent”
Make your lunch plans with us! Increase your art knowledge while you enjoy your meal in SMoCA Lounge at 12:15p on select Wednesdays. Mar 19 features “Starving Artists, Not! A Survey of Highly Collectable Young Talent” by Docent Denise Villalon. Our SMoCA Docents have prepared a fascinating array of art presentations this spring - from Outsider Art, Pop, Photoconceptualism or Picasso - all to keep you inspired and bursting with new art-related information. Bring your own brown bag snack or carry-out lunch and simply sit back and soak up the aesthetic details! No reservations required. General seating is first come, first served. Free and open to the public. We have one remaining Wednesday Lunch Art Presentation Day this spring: Apr 2 at 12:15p in SMoCA Lounge.
Architecture "Slide Slam" Presentations
Join Valley architects as they discuss their current projects. In collaboration with AIA Arizona and in celebration of Modern Phoenix Week. Presenting architects include: Wendell Burnette, AIA, Wendell Burnette Architects; Caroline Lobo, AIA; Christina Noble, AIA, Contour Design Studio; and David Plotkin, AIA, DKP Architecture + Consulting. The free Architecture Slide Slam event fills quickly each year. General seating; first come, first served.
Modern Marketplace at SMoCA April 5
A SMoCA / Modern Phoenix Partnership
Join us for the Modern Marketplace on Saturday, April 5th from 11:00a-5:00p featuring free workshops, slide shows, ticketed tours, exhibitors and a movie to make this a day full of learning and fun. Meet contemporary interior designers, landscapers, furniture designers, green builders, architects, historians, preservationists and other professionals to help you get your job done! Plus, Modern Marketplace visitors enjoy FREE ADMISSION to SMoCA all Saturday long!