11 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Metro Phoenix This Fall

Categories: Visual Art

Asami Yoshiga, The Other Side 1, 2005. Sumi ink, glue, and color ink on layered tetron fabric attached to a solid wood frame,119 x 93 x 10 inches
From SMoCA's "Narrow Road to the Interior"
Shout-out everyone who braved the higher temps of the past months to continue supporting the local art scene. We salute you.

As the temperatures drop, we know y'all are getting excited to wander around First Friday with your scarves and pumpkin spice lattes. But the temperature isn't the only thing you should be amped about. Get out your calendars, because we've compiled a list of exhibitions around the Valley that you will not want to miss this fall.

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"Narrow Road to the Interior"
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
September 21 through January 12, 2014

This exhibition of contemporary Japanese artists will be the perfect de-stressor as the holiday season approaches. The show takes cues from its namesake, a Buddhist text of linked verse. According the the exhibition's website, "The subtlety and frankness of the art epitomize the precision and rhythm of haiku while the exhibition's meditative nature reflects the ritual and ceremony that has persisted over centuries at the heart of Japanese culture." There are more than 100 pieces in the show, including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and installations. The seven participating artists are Noriko Ambe, Hiroshi Senju, Yoshiko Shimano, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Masao Yamamoto, Motoi Yamamoto, and Asami Yoshiga.

"Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft"
ASU Art Museum
Now through December 7

This show has been a long time coming. A little over a year ago, ASU Art Museum was awarded a grant to help further a more in-depth examination of contemporary craft. The resulting exhibition is definitely worth a look, but we're even more excited about some of the accompanying events. On Saturday, September 28, the museum will host "FlashBackForward" a symposium on the state of contemporary craft. Also be sure to keep an eye on Combine Studios during the month of November for related programming.

Location Info


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

ASU Art Museum

51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Mesa Contemporary Arts

1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Eye Lounge

419 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Art Intersection

207 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: General

Legend City Studios

521 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Project Space at Combine Studios

821 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Modified Arts

407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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