The Arizona State University (ASU) Art Museum is known for presenting ground-breaking contemporary artists and art forms and can always be counted on to mount intelligent, intriguing, thought-provoking and timely exhibitions. Rotating exhibitions showcase works from ASU’s extensive collections; others display works by new and established artists from throughout the U.S and the world. A visit to the ASU Art Museum leaves no doubt as to why it was named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America.
The current exhibitions are all are bound to give visitors to the museum much to enjoy and to contemplate:
Through January 30 – Defining Sustainability: from the ASU Art Museum Collection, melds historical and current works of art which address human interaction with the land, urbanization, natural and manmade materials, pollution, cultural sustainability and sustainable processes;
Through February 19 – Strange Brew: the Gerry and Daphina Cramer Teapot Collection is a colorful assemblage of 50 teapots ranging from utilitarian to decorative and sculptural works of art by established and lesser known American and international ceramists. Several Phoenix-area artists are represented including Farraday Newsome, Jeffrey Reich, Sandra Luehrsen and Junya Shao;
Through February 20 – Nowhere to Hide: Three Artists in the Desert is a collection of works by three artists who live in Phoenix, Julie Anand, Richard Lerman and Carrie Marill. They explore definitions of sustainability in their multi-media approaches, which range from photography to sound sculpture and gouache paintings;
Through April 10 – Altered States: Paintings by Gordon Cheung from the Stéphane Janssen Collection features paintings and four new video works by British artist Gordon Cheung in his first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum. Cheung was born to Chinese parents and raised in London. His works traverse cultures, juxtaposing images, symbols and ideas from a diverse range of sources, including news and popular media, video games, graffiti, architecture and historical symbols. On January 22, 5:30-7:30pm, visitors to the Museum will have an opportunity to view the exhibition and meet Gordon Cheung and international art collector Stéphane Janssen at a reception honoring both.
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