Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates spring exhibitions

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting its spring opening celebration 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

SMoCASMoCA, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, presents three exhibitions this spring: “southwestNET: Postcommodity” in Galleries 1 and 2, “Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia” in Galleries 3 and 4, and “Peace Makers” in the Young@Art Gallery (YAAG) in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Postcommodity”is an internationally-acclaimed, interdisciplinary arts collective. Since 2007, they have created politically charged and culturally inquisitive works that privilege a Native viewpoint and question accepted narratives about history, society, economy and culture.

Their work combines the expertise of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist, and Nathan Young.

The group’s SMoCA exhibition consists of two monumental installations. The first, “Promoting a More Just, Verdant and Harmonious Resolution,” premiered in 2011 in Belgium at the fifth Biennial of Moving Image in Mechelen. It has never before been seen in the United States.

A second, “Pollination,” is brand new. Both explore scientific, industrial and corporate models that place economics and politics before natural and cultural diversity. This exhibition is part of SMoCA’s on-going southwestNET series featuring artists based within our region.

“Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia” highlights a compelling collection of weavings that are traditional in facture but highly contemporary in conception and imagery. The artworks both reflect the country’s violent history and demonstrate the ingenuity of its anonymous artisans as they adapt an ancient tradition to reflect contemporary realities.

“Peace Makers” is an exhibition by 90 students from Zuni Hills Elementary School who were inspired by Afghan war rugs. The students worked with local artist Ann Morton to create the work on display in the Young@Art Gallery in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

The opening celebration is also the moment to raise the curtain on the museum’s May 2 annual fundraiser SMoCA Mix.

The SMoCA tri-annual opening celebrations are always free and open to the public; no membership is required.

The Scottsdale Cultural Council, a private, nonprofit organization, is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to administer certain city arts and cultural projects and to manage the city-owned Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Public Art.

The programs of the Scottsdale Cultural Council are made possible, in part, by the support of members and donors and grants received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts through appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature.

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