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Arizona State University Art Museum announces 2004-05 exhibition schedule

Dennis Oppenheim, Sleeping Dogs (detail), 1997, pigmented cast fiberglass, pigmented wax, sleeping bags, blankets, 24x84x84 inches. Private Collection, Genoa, Italy. Photo: Erna Estwick, New York
Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

August 10, 2004

When I Grow Up…
Through Sept.11, 2004

“When I Grow Up…” is a multi-media exhibition that examines the day-to-day lives of seniors and the issues of aging. Five artists – Danielle Abrams, Troy Aossey, Vincent Goudreau, David Greenberger and Jessica Ingram – address universal subjects such as independence, the creative thinking process, dependency, displacement, physical fitness, discrimination, isolation, and control of one’s surroundings.

British Ceramic Masterworks: Highlights from the Anne and Sam Davis Collection
Through Sept. 25, 2004

This exhibition presents a hand-picked selection of work from the 315-piece collection of British ceramics donated by the Davises to the ASU Art Museum in 1998. The artwork illustrates the depth and variety of British ceramics created since the 1950s, ranging from functional pottery to figurative sculpture.

Out of the Woods
Through Oct. 2, 2004

Hand-crafted contemporary artworks made of wood by Ed Moulthrop, David Ellsworth and Bob Stocksdale are on exhibit along with contemporary hand-made baskets by John McQueen and Dorothy Barnes. Romantic nature paintings by Thomas Moran and O.E. Berninghaus, and modern sculptures by Louise Nevelson and Deborah Butterfield also will be featured in this exhibition dedicated to forest conservation. Most of the artwork is from the museum’s permanent collection.

Democracy in America: Political Satire Then and Now
Aug. 31 – Nov. 19, 2004
Welcome back ASU students party: 5-8 p.m., Aug. 31 
Season opening reception: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 22

To coincide with the Presidential election, contemporary and historical artworks that reflect democracy and the electoral process will be on display. The exhibition’s goal is to educate viewers and create a forum for discussion of the meanings of democracy, America and patriotism. Information about voting and voter registration materials will be available in the museum.

Dennis Oppenheim: Alternate Current
Oct. 22, 2004 – Feb. 5, 2005
Season opening reception: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 22
Lecture by Dennis Oppenheim: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 19, Lattie F. Coor building, Room 170

Oppenheim’s career from 1967 to the present is reflected in this exhibition of 37 works of sculpture, models, drawings and photo documents. An early pioneer of conceptual art as an alternative to object-based art, Oppenheim was crucial to the development of land art, body art, performance and video. One of the most important post abstract expressionist artists in America, Oppenheim shaped his art through the language and objects of everyday life, bringing conceptualism into the public sphere. The artist will be present at the opening reception.

Wit and Wine: A New Look at Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Oct. 16, 2004 – Jan. 8, 2005 
Season opening reception: 7-9 p.m., Oct. 22
Gallery talk with Trudy Kawami, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 22

Wit and Wine is the first major exhibition of ancient Iranian ceramics in more than a decade. Curated by Trudy S. Kawami, Ph.D., Director of Research for the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the exhibition features forty-five sophisticated, beautiful and often amusing pieces that illustrate the 5,000-year ceramic tradition that flourished in ancient, pre-Islamic Iran until 100 BCE.

The Other Mainstream: Selections from the Collection of Mikki and Stanley Weithorn
Jan. 22 – April 23, 2005 
Opening reception: 7-9 p.m., Feb. 5
This selection of dynamic works from the collection of Mikki and Stanley Weithorn shows their ongoing commitment to social and political issues and artists of color. The exhibit features contemporary, well-known and emerging artists such as Vik Muniz, Kara Walker, Sandow Birk, Robert Colescott, Enrique Chagoya and Sue Coe, as well as historic pieces that show the roots of socially conscious artwork in the early 20th century.

Herberger College of Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition 
Feb. 26 – April 30, 2005 
Come see the artwork of award-winning professors who have helped make the Herberger College School of Art one of the most highly ranked in the country! This year’s exhibition features works by approximately 40 studio art faculty in media as diverse as painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, intermedia, fiber and ceramics. 

Anthony Goicolea
March 5 – June 4, 2005
Opening reception: 7-9 p.m., March 5

Anthony Goicolea’s dream-like photographs use digital manipulation and multiple self-portraits to create scenarios in which the artist acts out both humorous and horrific childhood incidents that fall somewhere between fantasy and nightmare. This solo exhibition includes photographs, drawings and videos, drawn primarily from the collection of Stephane Janssen.

Ninth Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival
8 p.m., Sat., April 23, 2005

Join the ASU Art Museum under the stars on the Nelson Fine Arts Plaza as it presents short films and videos of various levels of experience by artists from around the world. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and your favorite film friend for a free evening of experimental film and video.

The Next Wave: New Works from the Cuban Collection
July 15 – October 15, 2005

The ASU Art Museum has been a leader in collecting works by artists of the 1990s living in Cuba. Enhancing its Latin American holdings, these works represent the largest collection of work by artists of this generation in a museum outside of Cuba.

Lawrence Gipe: Three Five-Year Plans
Aug. 26 – Dec. 10, 2005
Opening reception: 7-9 p.m., Sept. 23

This mid-career retrospective analyzes the role that art plays in tandem with political power. Gipe uses a variety of painting styles to depict the glorification of industrialization in both the East and West, and recreates the photographic images sanctioned by the Nazis to demonstrate the capacities of the camera. Gipe’s recombining of images changes the context of the visual language of both Western economic expansion and the Reich.

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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