SMoCA Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Contemporary art museum showcases a new mural and 20 years of video

As the title suggests, Environ, the new mural unveiled at SMoCA, was designed to reflect multiple features that directly surround the space. Each aspect of the courtyard where it resides is taken into consideration — from the colored light of James Carpenter’s glass scrim wall to the ever-changing view of James Turrell’s skyspace Knight Rise, as well as the nearby native plant life.

Pulling simple abstract shapes and colors from each of these influences created one cohesive and fluid design. The intention of the artist is to complement the space and welcome visitors to spend time within the courtyard walls.


Janel Garza: Environ

Through Jan. 1, 2020

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale

 

Kota Ezawa, The Simpson Verdict (still), 2002 COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND HAINES GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO

To launch a yearlong 20th anniversary celebration, SMoCA premieres Now Playing: Video 1999-2019, an exhibition featuring video art sampled from the last 20 years. Works by 11 international artists temporarily transform the museum, a former movie theater, into a space dedicated to the moving image. The iconic survey marks the importance of video in contemporary art and the social and political concerns that artists have addressed over the last two decades.

Through various techniques, from animation and time-based performance, to large-scale and immersive installations, the artists explore the complexity and beauty of contemporary art and life. Artists included in the exhibition: Mark Bradford, Candice Breitz, Petra Cortright, Song Dong, Kota Ezawa, Mads Lynnerup, Christian Marclay, Shirin Neshat, Aaron Rothman, Mika Rottenberg and Diana Thater.


Now Playing: Video 1999–2019

Through May 12

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale

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