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ASU Art Museum offers free exhibitions, events during summer

June 25, 2009

Exhibitions and events at the ASU Art Museum are free and open to the public, and no registration is required to attend events. Free parking is available on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue at 10th Street in Tempe, in front of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in museum-marked spaces.

Events include:

Food: Feast for the Eyes from the Permanent Collection
May 16-Aug. 29, 2009

Family Fun Day
July 11, 2009
10 a.m.-2 p.m.; free and open to the public

Fruit, vegetables, markets and diners are some of the images tastefully featured in this year’s free family exhibition, Food: Feast for the Eyes from the Permanent Collection. In a family-friendly format, and with the contributed expertise of university and community partners, this exhibition explores issues of food production, sustainability and healthy eating habits. Families can enjoy a puppet theater, hands-on activities and a reading area.

During Family Fun Day on Saturday July 11, families can experience free, hands-on art making projects, Great Arizona Puppet Theater and Conder Dance performances a visit from a Eight/KAET character and liquid refreshments from China Mist.

Help the United Food Bank! We will have donation boxes at Family Fun Day and through the Food: Feast for the Eyes from the Permanent Collection exhibition dates. Please donate canned or dry-packaged food and/or bottled water.

Help support the family exhibition reading area! Barnes & Noble will host a book fair July 11–17, 2009 at its Tempe Marketplace location. Pick up a voucher in the Food: Feast for the Eyes from the Permanent Collection exhibition or at Family Fun Day and present it when making your purchase. A percentage of the sale will be donated to support next year’s reading area.

Support for the both the family exhibition and event is provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, ASU Art Museum Advisory Board, Friends of the ASU Art Museum and China Mist, with programmatic support from Eight/KAET and the ASU Health and Counseling Student Action Committee. This support is an example of the benefits a research university like ASU brings to the state. Each year, Arizona universities pump almost $1 billion into the Arizona economy through grants funded by the U.S. government and other entities. Research funding is legally restricted and cannot be used for instructional purposes.

Hits from the 60s & 70s: from the ASU Art Museum Print Collection
June 13-Oct. 29, 2009

Hits from the 60s & 70s highlights prints made by internationally known artists from the ASU Art Museum Print Collection. Featured artists include John Chamberlin, Jasper Johns, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.

Figuring Prominently: The ASU Art Museum Collection
June 6-September 19, 2009

Figuring Prominently presents major works, from the ASU Art Museum’s collection, which explore the human figure in a range of media from painting and papier mache to discarded materials and electronics.  Artists include Nam Jun Paik (born in Korea, worked in the U.S.), Jim Campbell (United States), Hung Liu (born in China, works in the U.S.), Jon Haddock (Arizona), Karel Appel (the Netherlands), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Deborah Butterfield (United States) and Alejandro Colunga (Mexico).

I Never Saw So Clearly
June 20-Sept. 19, 2009
Aug. 25, 2009: Reception with Welcome Back student party, 6–9 p.m.; free and open to the public

I Never Saw So Clearly explores how human experience is translated into the visual arts by drawing on contemporary and 20th century paintings, prints and mixed-media works from the ASU Art Museum collection. Working in figurative styles, the diverse range of artists offer insights into their worlds and respond to traditional imagery and ideas from art history and popular culture. The exhibition is curated by Lekha Hileman Waitoller, ASU Art Museum curatorial assistant and art history graduate student.

The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America, is part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. The museum is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe and admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays (during the academic year), 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. We offer additional educator hours by appointment, Monday and before 11 a.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays. To learn more about the museum, call 480.965.2787 or visit: