Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art Spring 2019 Events Announced
This spring, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) presents a wide range of exciting and diverse events, including the return of fan favorites like Mystery in the Museum, Flavor Lab, Trivia Night and features the triumphant return of Tania Katan. Additionally, several events relate to its 2019 spring exhibition "Now Playing: Video 1999-2019." These events offer guests the opportunity to engage with artists, the community and museumgoers to consider the questions and themes explored throughout the Museum. All events take place in SMoCA Lounge unless noted otherwise. Free events at SMoCA fill quickly and are first come, first served; early arrival is encouraged. Visitors can RSVP and purchase tickets at SMoCA.org.
Schedule of spring events (subject to change):
The Studio @SMoCA: Thoughts and Bears with Tara Logsdon
Saturday, Feb. 9, Noon - 3 p.m.
Tickets: Pair $45 / Individual $30
Experience a bevy of handmade techniques with artist Tara Logsdon to create a custom strand of prayer flags to hang at home. You'll learn new techniques to create an original piece of art. Materials and refreshments provided.
20th Anniversary Opening Celebration
Friday, Feb. 15, 7-10 p.m.
Tickets: Free Admission
Party like it's 1999! Join us for the launch party of a year of festivities to celebrate SMoCA's 20th anniversary and pledge support for the future growth of the Museum. This year's spring opening party will include djs, drinks and a preview of the new exhibition "Now Playing." As a thank you supporters and fans over the years, admission is free to everyone. Chat with curators, mingle with artists and share your SMoCA memories with us. Cash bar.
Tania Katan: Creative Trespassing
Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Tickets: Individual plus one signed book $40 / Pair plus one signed book $60 / VIP (one signed book, admission to VIP reception and reserved front seat) $75
Join us in celebrating this special book launch for Tania Katan's "Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back Into Your Work and Life." Katan shows you how to sneak more creativity and imagination into your work and life.
Dog Days @SMoCA
Saturday, March 2, 6 p.m.
Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Courtyard
Bring your canine friend to SMoCA for an evening of curated play and refreshments for you and your pup. Includes a special sunset viewing in James Turrell's "Knight Rise" Skyspace. Doggie goodie bags for all participants are generously provided by PetSmart. Plus there will be a special drawing for two $250 PetSmart gift cards.
Flavor Lab: Collaborate, Decorate, Celebrate!
Saturday, March 16, Noon
Tickets: Pair $50 / Individual $35
Decorate your cake and eat it too! Come celebrate SMoCA's 20th birthday and learn decorating skills from the experts at Pixy Cakes. They will guide participants in creating decorations for a collaborative cake, and then the birthday celebration begins with sparkling wine and, of course, cake!
Now Showing @SMoCA: Under the Wire
Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m.
"Under the Wire" (2018) is a documentary film about two journalists covering war-ravaged Syria, only one of them surviving to tell the story.
Trivia Night @SMoCA: Film Buff Edition
Friday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 (includes one drink)
So you think you're a film junkie? Comedian Anwar Newton hosts an evening of trivia designed to test your film knowledge to the limit. Bring along fellow film lovers, and create a supergroup to win prizes and become film trivia champions of SMoCA. How can it possibly get better, you ask? Your first drink is on us! So join us for a trivia night like no other.
Level It @SMoCA
Saturday - Sunday, March 30-31, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tickets: Two-day workshop $100 / One-day workshop $60
SMoCA presents two days of workshops for women-identified art handlers, artists, and art lovers. All skill levels are welcome to learn with Level It: Women's Art Handlers Network. Expert instructors will teach hands-on industry-related skills and share their mission of leveling opportunity in the art world. Saturday sessions will cover fine art handling, packing, conservation, and installation. Sunday sessions will focus on fabrication, woodshop skills, safety, and scissor lift training.
Mystery in the Museum:
Mayhem at the Matinee
Saturday, April 6, 6 p.m.
Tickets: Pair $25 / Individual $15
You are cordially invited to a red carpet movie premiere...where a little mayhem may be unleashed. The only way to make it through the chaos is to solve puzzles and follow clues left behind. Cash bar and light bites are included.
Now Showing @SMoCA: Tania Libre
Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Lynn Hershman Leeson's recent film spends time with Cuban artist Tania Bruguera within days of her release from prison. The film follows Tania's return to the United States and her visits with noted psychiatrist Dr. Frank Ochberg to acquire the skills necessary to process the personal infringement wrought by the Cuban government, including the revocation of her right to practice her art. Lynn Hershman Leeson joins us via Skype for a Q&A following the screening.
Documentary Video Art Festival
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Tickets: Free Admission
A showcase of experimental shorts highlighting social, cultural, and personal topics. These artworks were produced by students in Documentary Video Art as part of the intermedia program of the School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University. Space is limited. Seating is first come, first served.
Fairy Fantastic! Out in the Woods:
Queer Fairy Tales
Friday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Fairy Fantastic!, a collaboration between artists Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver, presents a series of fairy and folk tale videos for gender nonconforming adults and kids. "Out in the Woods" includes 16 queer reinterpretations of traditional folklore or mythology and the invention of a new queer folk culture.
Fairy Fantastic! Children's Drag Queen
Story Hour and Film Screening
Saturday, May 4, Noon
Tickets: Adults $10, free for children 15 and under
A local drag queen will read aloud to children from books that celebrate difference, self-expression, and love and respect for others. Following the story hour there will be a screening of eight short films on difference-affirming, gender-variance, and anti-bullying themes for gender nonconforming kids, queer families, and their allies. All compiled by Fairy Fantastic!