Aerial Photography Exhibitions in Metro Phoenix: The Good, The Bad, and the Must-See

Categories: Visual Art

Daniel Leivick Markings #1 (2012) Archival Inkjet Print
Apparently, Phoenicians are all about rising above this month. We couldn't tell you exactly why the Valley is suddenly flush with aerial photography shows, but the change in perspective is a welcome breath of fresh air all the same.

Don't get overwhelmed. We're here to help you navigate these exhibitions to pick your best options for getting high (art) before the end of summer arrives.

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David Maisel "The Mining Project (Clifton, AZ 7)"
The Good
David Maisel's "Black Maps" at SMoCA

David Maisel has garnered national and international recognition for his series of photographs depicting developmental effects on the natural landscape of the Southwest. "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime" includes large-scale works that almost look like abstract paintings or alien terrains. As an artist, he approaches the subject not from an environmental activist's standpoint, but from that of a poet:

"Rather than a condemnation of a specific industry my images are intended as an aesthetic response to such despoiled landscapes," Maisel writes. "These sites are the contemplative gardens of our time, places that offer the opportunity to reflect on who and what we are collectively, as a society."

The show is compelling and relatively diverse as it includes selections of Maisel's work from 1989 to 2007. The photographs will be on display at SMoCA through September. Maisel himself is coming to the museum to discuss his work on Thursday, August 29. For more information, visit the SMoCA website.

Location Info


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Night Gallery

2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

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