#ArtLitPhx: Artist Talk: Claudio Dicochea

Hear artist Claudio Dicochea’s Artist Talk at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art on May 10 from 7:00-8:30 pm. The talk will be about his exhibition Acid Baroque and its exploration of fandom, race, science, national identity, pop imagery and visual culture.

About the exhibition:

Mexican-American painter Claudio Dicochea works at the intersection of colonialism, art history and contemporary popular culture in order to re-examine the concept of mestizaje or mixed race identity as well as the issue of media stereotyping today. Using the Casta painting model as a framing device for his resolutely contemporary works, Dicochea engages a broad diversity of cross-border topics, figures and references from pop culture, including celebrities, film and television stars, comics and history. His work is an interrogation of the process of re-appropriation of culture, historical models and current media. It is also a critique of the role that the visual arts have played, and continue to play, in shaping the social constructs of race, gender, and class in our society.

#ArtLitPhx: Artist Talk: Luis Alfonso Villalobos

Enjoy a sneak peak of the latest Architecture and Art exhibition with Guadalajara-based artist Luis Alfonso Villalobos on Thursday February 15th at 7 pm at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251). Casandra Hernández Faham, curator of CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas), ASU Art Museum, will join Villalobos for a lively discussion about art, architecture, place and history.

The first US solo exhibition of Guadalajara-based artist Luis Alfonso Villalobos features painting, video, and installation that opens an inquiry into the functions of architecture and art, while also expanding into ideas of history and place. A large-scale installation integrates paintings within a complex built environment. With references to Modern architecture and design, Villalobos brings new considerations to the ambition of artists to merge art with life and nature with architecture.

The exhibition is the latest installment of SMoCA’s Architecture + Art series that presents ground-breaking projects by individuals whose work explores and challenges the boundaries between architecture and art.

 

#ArtLitPhx: Artist Talk with Mark Klett

Mark KlettThe Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is excited to host photographer Mark Klett for their Artist Talk on Thursday, October 26th from 7pm to 8:30pm. Klett will discuss how working in the specific desert landscape of the Southwest has influenced his practice. The event is free, and seating is first come, first serve. The event will take place at the museum (7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251).

In teasing the event, SMoCA shares,

Mark Klett is a photographer interested in the intersection of places, history and time. His background includes working as a geologist before turning to photography. Klett has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Japan/US Friendship Commission. Klett’s work has been exhibited and published in the United States and internationally for over thirty-five years, and his work is held in over eighty museum collections worldwide. He is the author/co-author of sixteen books. Klett is Regents’ Professor of Art and Distinguished Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page or the official SMoCA page.

#ArtLitPhx: Film and Conversation presents Manifesto

On Thursday, August 24th, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will be showing the new film, Manifesto. The movie stars Cate Blanchett in thirteen different roles, and is directed by acclaimed art director, Julia Rosefeldt. Tickets are $7 and available through the museum website. Click here for more information.

#ArtLitPhx: The Art Guys

On September 7th, the Scottsdale Art Museum will be hosting The Art Guys, a comedy duo that uses humor to demystify the art world. This lecture is a free event that starts at 7PM. Find out more information about the event here. And check out The Art Guys at their minimalistic website here.