Hundreds of art exhibits and shows are opening this fall in metro Phoenix, but five stand out from the rest.
Concluding the Desert Rider exhibit, the Phoenix Art Museum will present “Mr: Can You Hear the Song of This Town,” the first American exhibition by Japanese pop artist Mr. since 2014. In Scottsdale, it’s the 10-year anniversary of Canal Convergence. And at the Heard Museum, a permanent skydome exhibit will debut.
From international artists to spotlights on the hyperlocal, these are the art shows you shouldn’t miss this fall.
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‘Canal Convergence’ at Scottsdale Waterfront
Scottsdale Waterfront’s annual Canal Convergence is back for its 10-year anniversary show – “10 Years of Water + Art + Light.”
And it’s going to be big.
The event features works by artists from around the world in mediums including light, augmented reality, music and dance. It usually attracts a quarter of a million visitors each year.
A few highlights of the event include “Sundrops” suspended above the Arizona Canal to create a light show of desert sunrises and sunsets, flames shooting more than 30 feet into the air and towering works of art made from materials grown in Mexico hand woven.
Returning artists include B!G ART, Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, HYBYCOZO, Immerge Interactive, Walter Productions and Jeff Zischke. Joining them are new artists: AlexP, Angela Fraleigh and Josh Miller, Pneuhaus and Bike Powered Events.
The light show is spread across the canal, making the event perfect for an evening stroll on the waterfront.
Details: Nov. 4 to 13 Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Entry is free. canalconvergence.com.
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Ron English ‘Living in Delusionville’ at Mesa Arts Center
Ron English is an international street art icon known for his “popaganda” using the likes of Barney and Ronald McDonald as subjects. From September 9 to January 22, he will be showing his artwork at the Mesa Art Center.
His latest exhibition “Living in Delusionville” mixes American iconography with art history themes. More than 37 paintings and sculptures will be on display in this exhibition titled after the latest documentary made about the artist.
Details: September 9 to January 22. Mesa Art Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Entry is free. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com/index.php/museum/art/exhibits/living-in-delusionville.
‘Substance of Stars’ permanent installation at the Heard Museum
An exhibit three years in the making, the Heard Museum’s newest installation, “Substance of Stars,” will premiere on November 6. And it is here to stay.
The multisensory experience will tell the stories of the Haudenosaunee, Yup’ik, Diné and Akimel O’otham tribes through a combination of historical and contemporary works paired with immersive digital technologies that will showcase the languages, cosmological and spiritual practices, aerial knowledge and origins . stories from every community.
“Sky Dome,” the exhibit’s centerpiece, will draw visitors into an immersive 360-degree room where viewers will be surrounded by 20-foot-high walls projecting seasonal landscape images created by four indigenous videographers beneath a ceiling-mounted fiber-optic map of the depicting cosmos. which will circle the North Star four times as it demonstrates seasonal changes from an Arizona point of view.
Other art on display will include works by Marie Watt of the Seneca Tribe, Jacob Butler of the Akimel O’otham and Steven Yazzie of the Diné, in addition to several contemporary and cultural works from the Heard’s permanent collection.
Details: The new permanent exhibit will open on November 6, 2022. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Museum admission starts at $20 for adults. 602-252-8840, substanceofstars.org.
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‘Illuminated Lives’ by Benjamin Timpson at Lisa Sette Gallery
Artist Benjamin Timpson’s mixed-media style juxtaposes butterfly wings against arduino-controlled light boxes, turning them into large-format photographs overlaid with images of women given to him by family members or pulled from databases of missing women. Light boxes operate on 13 minute cycles of increasing illumination as the microscopic wing structures provide shifting light on the portraits.
His work will be on view at the Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix from October 1st through January 7th.
Details: October 1 through January 7, 2023. Lisa Sette Gallery, 210 E. Catalina Dr., Phoenix. Entry is free. 480-990-7342,lisasettegallery.com/exhibitions/benjamin-timpson-illuminated-lives-2.
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‘Mr: Can You Hear the Song of This Town’ at Phoenix Art Museum
Mr., a renowned Japanese contemporary artist, will present his first American solo exhibition since 2014 at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Mr. draws ideas and inspiration from Superflat, a post-modern art movement founded by the artist Takashi Murakami, with whom he worked before forging his individual artistic path.
His art is a mix of anime, manga and virtual fantasy worlds with bright colors and explores themes from desire to tragedy to psychological anguish through kawaii-style characters with big eyes and childish faces with graffiti backgrounds depicting the devastation in post-war Japan. World War II echoes.
“Mr.’s neo-pop work, however, stems from an even larger art historical framework, drawing influence from 19th-century ukiyo-e prints, pop art and abstract expressionism,” said Selig Family Chief Curator Gilbert Vicario. “He combines these influences with elements of Japanese popular culture and references he has gleaned from the internet, and presents them in fine art to express the social morals of Japanese society and a global community obsessed with social media. investigation.”
The show features his works dating back to 1990 with more than 50 paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Details: November 6 through March 12, 2023. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Adult museum admission starts at $20. 602-257-1880, phxart.org/exhibition/mr.
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