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Special Engagements
Artist Talk: Leslie Shows March 20

Hear Bay Area artist Leslie Shows talk about the eloquent shifts in materials, colors, textures and spaces that activate her paintings. Listen in as the artist speaks about the techniques by which she achieves these effects and the ideas that inspire them.  

 Leslie Shows, Face P, 2011 (details). Ink, acrylic, mylar, plexiglass, sand, crushed glass, canvas and engraving on aluminum, 48 x 55 in. Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA. © Leslie Shows

Mar 20
Film Screenings
Film premiere! Paolo Soleri: Citizen of the Planet

Paolo Soleri is an architect, philosopher and a citizen of the planet. Fans have gone as far as to compare him to DaVinci and Gandhi, but critics believed him to be an ego driven eccentric with a failed experiment out in the desert. Explore the artist, the dreamer, the philosopher, the architect Paolo Soleri as he tries to build his new world filled with futuristic ideas and controversy. This world premiere documentary film is in conjunction with the April 5th SMoCA/Modern Phoenix Modern Marketplace event. Director Geoffrey Madeja will be present to talk about the film.  

Apr 5
Special Engagements
Modern Marketplace at SMoCA April 5

Join us for the Modern Marketplace on Saturday, April 5th from 11:00a-5:00p featuring free workshops, slide shows, ticketed tours, exhibitors and a movie to make this a day full of learning and fun. Meet contemporary interior designers, landscapers, furniture designers, green builders, architects, historians, preservationists and other professionals to help you get your job done! Plus, Modern Marketplace visitors enjoy FREE ADMISSION to SMoCA all Saturday long! 

Apr 5
Leslie Shows: Surfacing

Rich with myriad details and varied textures, the surfaces of Leslie Shows’s collaged paintings reward careful study. In them, one might find rust, plexiglass, mylar, acrylic paint, mica, magazine cutouts, crushed glass, mud, ink, sand, and engraved aluminum. An avid researcher and expansive thinker, Shows diligently and creatively explores the fluid dynamics of our material world. The slow shifts of glaciers, the crystalline formation of minerals, and the stellar origins of water have all inspired her work. Presently, the artist is developing a new series drawing on the centuries-old history of the ways in which people have transformed matter and given it new shape—from ancient lost-wax casting techniques to modern-day injection molding technologies. SMoCA visitors will have the opportunity to see the debut of these exciting new paintings in the artist’s first solo museum exhibition.  


Organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Leslie Shows, Coupler, 2014. Acrylic, ink, plexiglass, synthetic rubber and wood on aluminum, 42 x 33 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA. © Leslie Shows

Feb 8 -
May 4
The Five Senses

A visitor to an art museum naturally expects to see the art, not hear it. To anticipate smelling, tasting or touching the art requires an even more radical leap. The Five Senses begins with a simple premise: five senses, five playful works of art that inspire a sense of awe and wonderment and curiosity. The imaginative sculptures of renowned international artists Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw and Ernesto Neto activate the body and mind, cross boundaries and dodge museum conventions. 

Organized the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sponsored by Dorothy Lincoln-Smith and Sande Deitch

Olafur Eliasson, Beauty, 1993. Spotlight, water, nozzles, hose and electric pump, dimensions variable. Installation view at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Image courtesy of the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and neugerriemschneider, Berlin. © Olafur Eliasson. Photo: Jens Ziehe

Feb 1 -
May 4
SMoCA Lounge
The Most of Lit Lounge: June 26

The Most of Lit Lounge is back this summer to bring you the most engaging writers, performers and musicians in the nation together, getting them on one BIG stage and offering you the MOST of this wildly popular story-performing series! Featured performers and musicians include popular storyteller and Moth Grand Slam winner Jessica Lee Williamson, award-winning author Dani Klein Modisett, award-winning playwright Kim Porter and SO much more! 

Jun 26
Special Engagements
AURA: SMoCA's 2nd annual Fundraiser

Get ready to enlighten your senses with the unexpected at SMoCA's upcoming 2nd annual gala, "AURA", on Saturday, May 10. The entire Museum will be completely transformed for one spectacular night of layered sensory experiences. Join us for an immersive, magical evening and help support SMoCA! Individual tickets start at $175. 'Virtual table' groups, underwriting and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Inquire by email at:  

May 10