5 Must-See First Friday Shows in Phoenix on April 4

Categories: Events, Visual Art

Courtesy of ASU Art Museum
Pablo Helguera's "Librería Donceles" is an itinerant, functional Spanish language bookstore
First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this evening.

"Librería Donceles"

This exhibition comes to Arizona via the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program. Artist Pablo Helguera, who is also the director of adult and academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, has exhibited "Librería Donceles" once before at Kent Fine Art in New York City. The show is an itinerant, functional Spanish language bookstore with approximately 12,000 books, spanning a variety of subjects. Combine Studios has truly undergone a transformation for "Librería Donceles," making the space nearly unrecognizable.

See also: 7 Must-See Art Exhibitions in Metro Phoenix This Spring

But the show is more than just a bookstore; it speaks to some deeper issues at the intersection of language and culture. In a press release, ASU Art Museum curator Julio César Morales says that "by rendering visibility to the Spanish language in Phoenix, the installation recreates the unique, intellectually and culturally rich environment of a secondhand bookstore and questions how Spanish is integrated into the broader cultural life of Arizona."

"Lost Vegas"

Steve Weiss is usually busy programming indie film screenings around the Valley with No Festival Required, but this weekend, we get to take a peek at some of Weiss's own artwork. "Lost Vegas" is an exhibition of photographs that depict Las Vegas through the years. "As the city's scenery has changed and many of these buildings have disappeared since Weiss began shooting the Strip and the city's downtown in 1985, their legacies remain in photographs," according to the event description. Coe House Gallery will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday. The show will also be on view for Third Friday, April 18. For more info, check out the Facebook event page.

Location Info


Project Space at Combine Studios

821 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Coe House

365 N. 4th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

"Cross Current" Exhibition Space

246 S. 1st Street, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Modified Arts

407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Willo North Gallery

2811 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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Great work and curation sighted at "Lost Vegas" and "Cross Current". Hope to see the other shows this month. 


Thanks for the plug of LOST VEGAS! We're planning a special show and tell on Third Friday if you missed it last night.

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