Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 - United States

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The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, architecture and design. Global in its focus, SMoCA is a gathering place to experience contemporary art and culture. Our aim is to connect visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our time and explore the possibilities of innovation, creativity and expression. Join us, join the fun!

Exhibits

Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined
February 1, 2020 - May 17, 2020
Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined is the first exhibition to recognize designers using extreme and inventive upcycling to address the current state of our depleted and polluted environment. Waste produced by humans is so abundant that it is disrupting natural resources. In order to reduce our footprint on earth, these 30 international designers and studios—from Asia, Latin America and Europe—are pioneering a new direction in design by radically transforming waste into useful products. Many of the designers are recent graduates or faculty of design academies and universities, noting a shift in the world of design and design education, from function at the service of aesthetic considerations to socially responsible, environmental remediation.

Organized by Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and curated by c2-curatorsquared, a partnership between Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox.

Unapologetic: All Women, All Year
February 15, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Unapologetic: All Women, All Year takes an in-depth look at works from SMoCA’s collection, highlighting diverse women artists whose work boldly and unapologetically parses topics such as identity, beauty, violence, and equality. As a result of historically being overlooked within the structure of art history, women constitute an average of less than 15% of the artists in museum collections nationally. For the year, SMoCA presents a selection of women artists from its collection to bring awareness to this lack of inclusion.

This exhibition’s title conveys a sense of strength, signaling for systemic change within culture, where individuals of all gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, age, and ability see themselves represented within museums. On view during the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States, Unapologetic aims to create a space that recognizes the importance of equality within cultural institutions.

Murmuration
November 7, 2019 - May 1, 2020
Squidsoup returns to SMoCA with a site-specific artwork that will use a networked data system to connect hundreds of lights and audio sources, creating a responsive data swarm. During the daytime, Murmuration will offer a harmonious auditory experience, but when the sun goes down, a dynamic audiovisual experience will swirl around the Museum like its namesake—a term for a flock of starlings whirling in unison through the sky.

Organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

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