Arizona State University Art Museum announces 2006-07 exhibition schedule

New American City: Artists Look Forward
Sept. 9, 2006 – Jan. 27, 2007
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Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

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New American City: Artists Look Forward 
Exhibition and dialogue on contemporary art and artists and their role in the future of Phoenix.
Sept. 9, 2006 – Jan. 27, 2007
Opening receptions Sept. 8: member’s preview, 6-7 p.m.; welcome back students party, 7-10 p.m.

New American City explores the role of artists and the art being produced in the rapidly changing Phoenix metro area. Installed in three galleries, the exhibition features 23 artists who live and work in Maricopa County. Their work demonstrates a marked level of experimentation and investigation; exploring media, processes and styles to comment on the here and now.

Organized by the Arizona State University Art Museum and is made possible in part through an investment by Najafi Companies. Investment support also provided by an anonymous donation, Maurice R. and Meta G. Gross Foundation, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Wespac Construction, Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Lori and Howard Hirsch, Libby Decker and T.J. Decker, Cindy Dach and Greg Esser, Michael Levine, The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts Dean’s Investment Fund, and Friends of the ASU Art Museum. Additional financial support provided by Beth and Pat Moroney, Robin and Bill Charles, Sharon and Paul Fannin, Ellyce and Eddie Shea, and Tana and Ridge Smidt. In kind support provided by The Lavidge Company, Eddie Shea Design, ASU College of Design, Changing Hands Bookstore, and Interlingua.

City Prints: from the Permanent Collection
Aug. 12 – Dec. 16, 2006
Opening reception, Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m.

America of the 19th century was admired for its expanse of land and open space.  By the dawn of the 20th century, however, America had a new crown jewel – the city.  The modern city, with its new modes of transportation, bustling urban lifestyle, increasing shipment of product, and growing vertical skyline provided an environment that inspired American and European artists.  Selected from the ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection, the works in this show offer a glimpse into a time of rapid change and exciting progress.

DWELL at the Ceramics Research Center
Aug. 22 ? Dec. 16, 2006
Opening reception, Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m.

DWELL elicits many connotations for people; a place to live, a state of inhabiting, or to dwell upon the past. Utilizing all media in the ASU Art Museum?s permanent collection, this exhibition, coincides with New American City. It explores and interprets how people’s perceptions of dwellings – either physical or socio-physiological – have changed from the turn of the 20th century to contemporary times.

Gardening with Oscar Oiwa: New Paintings
Oct. 14, 2006 – Feb. 17, 2007
Opening reception, Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m.

This exhibition of Oscar Oiwa’s paintings, the first in a U.S. art museum, is another installment in the ASU Art Museum’s expanded initiatives for exhibiting and interpreting Latin American art. Oiwa, a Brazilian artist of Japanese heritage, studied in Japan and the United Kingdom. He currently lives in New York. With considerable technical expertise, Oiwa records the impact of globalization with beautiful paintings about cultural collision, environmental degradation, dehumanizing slums and violence through attrition. His vision portrays a world on the precarious edge of oblivion. Influences in his work come from Japanese art – both the byobu screen with multiple panels and contemporary manga – and from the West in varied forms, including Anselm Kiefer, Claude Monet and science fiction film.

Organized by the ASU Art Museum and made possible, in part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund, Mikki and Stanley Weithorn and the Friends of the ASU Art Museum. Curatorial research and development is made possible in part by in-kind sponsorship support from TAM Brazilian Airlines.

Regalos Magnificos: Introducing Donations from the Collection of Peter P. Cecere
Oct. 21 – Dec. 1, 2006

In 2005, art collector Pete Cecere donated nearly 1,000 works of Latin-American folk art to the ASU Art Museum. The collection, amassed over a period of Cecere’s more than 30 years in the diplomatic service, reflects his passion for the people of Latin America and the objects they made. Select works from the donation celebrate the 2006 annual meeting of the Folk Art Society of America being held in Phoenix.

Raku: Origins, Impact and Contemporary Expression.
Jan. 13 – April 21, 2007
Opening Reception Jan. 19, 6-8 p.m., Ceramics Research Center

Raku: Spirit Beyond Process, An International Exhibition provides a global perspective of contemporary ceramic artists working with the raku firing technique, creating both utilitarian ware and sculpture. Raku is a centuries-old technique of Japanese pottery characterized by low firing temperatures and the dramatic effects of removing the works from the kiln while glowing hot. A number of American ceramists in the 1960s revived and adapted the technique to suit their own aesthetics. American ceramist Paul Soldner is credited for pioneering new techniques to this ancient process.

Organized by the ASU Art Museum, this exhibition is guest-curated by Jim Romberg and is made possible in part through investments by the Eagleheart Center for Art and Inquiry, Ceramics Leaders of Arizona, and Friends of the ASU Art Museum.

Sat., March. 31, 2007

Celebrate Carnaval!, a festive event benefiting the ASU Art Museum. Carnaval! welcomes you to an evening of fun, Brazilian music and food, and an opportunity to build your personal art collection through auction. Reserve your tickets today by calling the ASU Art Museum at 480- 965-2787. Proceeds support the museum?s contemporary and Latin-American art initiatives.

Connivences: Stefan de Jaeger/Stéphane Janssen
March 3 – May 12, 2007
Reception, March 23, 6-8 p.m.

Contemporary art collector and ASU Art Museum supporter Stéphane Janssen met photographer Stefan de Jaeger in 1983 and commissioned him to make portraits of friends, family and major artists in the Janssen collection. De Jaeger’s collaged-Polaroid compositions capture the individuals and their personal environments in dynamic tableaux. This exhibition presents nearly 40 works by de Jaeger, including portraits of Karel Appel, Pierre Alechinsky, Joel-Peter Witkin and Duane Michals in their studios, paired with work by the artists. The exhibition has traveled internationally and is accompanied by a 120-page color book.

Herberger College School of Art Faculty Exhibition
March 10 – May 5, 2007
Reception, March 23, 6-8 p.m.

Recent works created by ASU faculty will be exhibited in the Herberger College School of Art Faculty Exhibition at the ASU Art Museum. This year’s exhibition features works by approximately 35 studio art faculty in media as diverse as painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, intermedia, fiber and ceramics; as well as research by art history and art education professors.

Rubén Ortiz Torres: Transmutations     CANCELLED
April 14 - July 28, 2007. 
Opening reception: TBA.

Rubén Ortiz Torres is fascinated with the cultural interaction and appropriations that create new hybrids. Born in Mexico City, now dividing his time between Los Angeles and San Diego, he has ample opportunities to observe phenomena that both fit and contradict ethnic stereotypes and the influence that stereotyping has on human interactions. Ortiz Torres uses his observations to create art which allows the viewer to discover a better understanding of the cross-cultural world in which we live.

Organized by the ASU Art Museum and is made possible in part through an investment by Friends of Mexican Art. Investment support also provided by Friends of the ASU Art Museum.

11th Annual Short Film and Video Festival
April 15, 2007.

To celebrate the artistic and creative endeavors of individuals with different visions and levels of experience, the ASU Art Museum presents short films and videos by artists from around the world. Bring a lawn chair, blanket or anything else to use as a seat and join us on the back plaza of the Nelson Fine Arts Center for this free community event.

Sean Duffy: The Grove
June 2 – Sept. 29, 2007
Reception and welcome back students party, Aug. 28, 6-10 p.m.

Sean Duffy’s newest installation seeks to gather people in a highly participatory experience. The Grove consists of 20 turntables, each linked to speakers suspended from the ceiling. A selection of albums by instrumental and vocal performers at each turntable allows participants to change albums and tracks. With 400+ speakers, the installation creates a canopy of sound from a collective-community orchestration of ever-evolving musical compositions.

Co-organized by the ASU Art Museum and Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles. The presentation of The Grove at ASU is made possible in part through an investment by Friends of the ASU Art Museum.

Visual Melodies: Selections from the Permanent Collection
June 16 – Sept. 15, 2007
Target® Family Fun Day, July 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Music is part of everyone’s life. From rock to classical, music inspires artists to capture its visual essence. Visual Melodies is an orchestra of images with violins, pianos, horns and drums playing a silent melody for all to see. Target® Family Fun Day focuses on this musical theme with free, hands-on activities and performances.

Organized by the ASU Art Museum and made possible in part through an investment by Friends of the ASU Art Museum and Target®

The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America, is part of the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University. The museum is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe and entry is free. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. Tuesdays during the academic year. For more information, call 480-965-2787 or visit the museum online at 

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