Exciting new programs are coming to the ASU Art Museum

Author: Nancy

Posted on: August 22, 2013
Last updated on: May 19th, 2014 at 4:53 pm


Jarbas Lopes, “Cicloviaéra,” 2006. Osier (natural fiber vine) over bicycle. Photo by Craig Smith.

It’s time to stop grousing about how icky August is and accentuate the positive, which is that we’re just a couple of weeks from September. What’s so great about September?  Admittedly, September is still pretty toasty and we’ve all just about reached the boiling point with the weather. However, the upside of September is that all of  our arts and cultural organizations launch exciting new programs. High on this list is the ASU Art Museum and Ceramic Research Center (CRC) which always presents thought provoking and timely exhibitions and events. I always anticipate September’s arrival and look forward to seeing what the ASU Art Museum and CRC have in store.

September 7- December 7 – Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft will feature more than 100 works of contemporary craft from the museum’s permanent collection. Approximately 100 objects in wood, ceramic and fiber, including new international acquisitions, will be displayed in this first comprehensive exhibition to showcase the museum’s extensive craft holdings. The show will feature established artists such as Peter Voulkos, Ed Moulthrop and Dorothy Gill Barnes and emerging artists including Sonya Clark, Anders Ruhwald, Mark Newport and Alison Elizabeth Taylor will also be exhibited. Selected works from the exhibition will travel to five additional venues around the country, beginning in January of 2014.

September 26, 7:30 p.m., Coor Lecture Hall – Jan Fisher Memorial Lecture: Jessica Jackson Hutchins; reception to follow at the CRC.

September 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – ASU Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center Opening Reception for two new exhibitions: Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft and Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066. The museum’s openings are always fun, interesting and invigorating. Guests will have an opportunity to meet many of the exhibition artists who will be in attendance. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Arizona artist Paul Nosa will present a two-day sewing performance featuring his Solar Sewing Rover, a portable sewing machine powered by a solar panel or a bicycle with an electric generator.

September 28, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – “FlashBackForward,” a symposium on the state of contemporary craft will feature keynote speaker Jenni Sorkin, with a presentation by Guest of Honor Wendy Maruyama, and lectures by artists, Garth Johnson, Christine Lee, Del Harrow and Erika Lynne Hanson. Paul Nosa will perform with his Solar Sewing Rover portable sewing machine. The symposium is free and open to the public. RSVPs for the symposium are recommended. Please contact Elizabeth Kozlowski at elizabeth.kozlowski@asu.edu.

September 28-January 4 – Maruyama: Executive Order 9066
Wendy Maruyama is a studio furniture maker and head of the studio furniture program at San Diego State University. Executive Order 9066 is her exploration of the consequences of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of the executive order authorizing the internment of 120,000 American citizens and resident aliens from Japan during World War II. As a third generation Japanese-American, Maruyama was deeply affected by this history.


Other ASU Art Museum exhibitions:

Museum hours are Tuesday, 11- 8 p.m. and Wednesday–Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information on the ASU Art Museum and CRC, visit http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/about/.

For more information about the arts in Tempe, be sure to visit our website or call 800-283-6734.

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