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Michele Meyer Arizona Science Center's latest exhibit features oddities.
The Science of "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" at Arizona Science Center
The world is full of strange things. Sometimes it's natures way of telling you something's wrong; other times societal traditions require, say, neck stretching. Some folks can't help carving angels on the heads of a pins or building matchstick Rolls-Royces. Explorer Robert Ripley spent a lifetime accumulating more than 50,000 unusual artifacts. Older generations read "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" in the Sunday comics, but all agree, Ripley's eye burned for the bizarre, magical, and mysterious, bringing a sense of wonder that questioned reality.
A new exhibit at the Arizona Science Center allows the curious and skeptical alike to try and make sense of it all.
Discover "The Science of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, February 10 at 600 East Washington Street. Admission for kids 3 to17 is $21.95, $28.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors, and members get in free. Call 602-716-2000 or visit www.azscience.org. The exhibit runs through Sunday, May 4. -- Glenn BurnSilver
Courtesy of the artist and Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City. Sarabia's City in The Clouds (2013) is on view at ASU Art Museum
"Monteczuma's Revenge" at ASU Art Museum
Don't even think that an art exhibit named "Moctezuma's Revenge" has anything to do with a digestive order. Instead, the first comprehensive solo exhibition of works by Mexican-American artist Eduardo Sarabia relates to the duality faced wjen exposing "clichés about Mexican culture in order to question the imaginary borders demarcated by cultural stereotypes," according to the exhibition's press materials. Sarabia, a Los Angeleno living in Guadalajara among the dominant Norteño drug culture, appears to ask in his works: Are drugs Moctezuma's revenge on America's feigned cultural superiority?
Paintings feature blurred forms distorting reality, while Sarabia's ceramic vases, distantly appearing as traditionally ornamented vases favored by American tourists, instead feature the modern hieroglyphs of cartel signs, drug symbols, skulls, and more.
Ah, revenge can be sweet. See how from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, at the ASU Art Museum, Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe. The exhibit, which runs through April 26, is free. Call 480-965-2787 or visit www.asuevents.asu.edu. -- Glenn BurnSilver
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