Art exhibits you don’t want to miss

“Body/Magic: Liz Cohen”

This exhibition combines all aspects of artist Liz Cohen’s “Bodywork” series. She explores issues of personal and cultural identity and assumes various roles in lowrider culture, including builder and bikini model, to challenge prevailing narratives about femininity and prompt conversations about “immigration, nonconformity, and resistance.”

Liz Cohen, Zwickau Routine: Yellow Inward Turn, 2010, C- Print, 16 x 20 inches. / Liz Cohen

Date: January 16 to May 29
Website: ASU Art Museum

“Leon Polk Smith: Hidden in Plain Sight”

Leon Polk Smith is a modern artist who helped found the Hard-edge Painting movement characterized by geometric forms in bright colors. He was inspired by American Indian culture in his native Oklahoma and the Southwestern landscape, and artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Piet Mondrian.

Unidentified Artist, Comanche, Shield and Cover, c. 1880. Hide, cloth, color pigments, eagle feathers,horsehair, 18 inch diameter x 42½ inches long. Fred Harvey Fine Arts Collection, Heard Museum.

Date: February 5 to May 31
Website: Heard Museum

“Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes”

Diedrick Brackens’s work explores African American and queer histories reflects his interest in movement, nature, and mythology. The exhibit is titled after the biblical story of the infant Moses being floated to safety inside a reed vessel.

Diedrick Brackens, pleading ark, 2021; c-print, 24 x 36 inches; courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and Various Small Fries, Los Angeles/Seoul.

Date: February 20 to August 22
Website: ASU Art Museum

“Division of Labor: Women Shifting a Transnational Gaze”

Together the group of 10 female artists offer a unique perspective on labor in connection to feminism, identity, equity, and the gaze that reaches across the United States/Mexico border.

This exhibition includes sculpture, photography, and video addressing the experiences of Latinx women living in the Southwest.

Installation view of Gabriela Muñoz and M. Jenea Sanchez, Labor – Victoria & Rosalinda, 2021.
Claire A. Warden

Date: February 20 to August 22
Website: ASU Art Museum

Dinner Where

This exhibition explores the ways communal meals can spark dialogue about critical issues from food access to national identity by using objects associated with meals, from full-size dinner table to ceramic cup.
Featured artists include Claydies, Marilyn Lysohir, the Democratic Cup Project, and more.

Claydies, True feelings, 2011, Glazed porcelain, Purchased with funds provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.
Morgan Morell

Date: March 27 to October 9
Website: ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center

“Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich”

This exhibition consists of more than 80 pieces by Rudi Gernreich, a 20th-century fashion designer who played with notions of gender, identity, and aesthetic ideals to create iconic designs. Visit this exhibition and you’ll see filmed oral histories, photographs, and ephemera that illuminate his cultural significance, and his wide range of interests from performing arts to the gay rights movement.

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich

Date: April 7 to September 26
Website: Phoenix Art Museum

“Canupa Hanska Luger”

Canupa Hanska Luger will be showing works that include Something to Hold Onto, an installation created with 7,000 beads representing people who have died along the U.S.-Mexico border. The collaborative exhibit at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum will also include a floor mural painted by local artists Thomas “Breeze” Marcus and Dwayne Manuel.

Something To Hold Onto social engagement call to participate. Craft Contemporary Clay Biennial, CA, 2020

Date: May 14 to August 8
Website: Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Source: (article by Lynn Trimble)

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