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BEST Things To Do In Scottsdale

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  • Carnival of Illusion

    2400 E Missouri Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85016
    Carnival of Illusion

    Carnival of Illusion is an evening of Old-World Magic in the style of classic entertainers such as Buster Keaton, Mae West, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Harry Houdini. The hosts have performed as house entertainers at the world's top resorts, Fortune 100 CEOs, to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America and operate the longest-running Arizona theater show. Carnival of Illusion is "Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La."

  • Wonderspaces: Point of View

    Scottsdale Fashion Square
    7014 E. Camelback Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Wonderspaces: Point of View

    In Point of View, 13 artists explore how new perspectives expand our concept of the world. Through their art, they play with the definition of perspective, flip its rules, and present abstract and literal forms. Though the methods and media are all different, each artwork opens us up to the views of others.

    Point of View is an art show that welcomes all ages to explore the concept of perspective. An approximately eighty-minute experience spread across roughly 16,000 square feet, it is a place to gather with friends and family.

  • Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology

    SMOCA-Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7374 E. 2nd St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology

    In the 21st century, each of us—often unknowingly—leave a digital footprint in everything we do from texting to a simple internet search. This exhibition presents the multiple ways in which we, as users, interact with an artwork and the response or output the artwork provides in return. These interactions are meant to get the viewer thinking not only about the traces we leave behind, but the effects we have on technology.

    In this important moment in time, humans and technology are evolving together and interactive art exemplifies this relationship. This intimate level of engagement with an artwork opens the opportunity to shift the viewer’s perspective on the meaning and boundaries of art itself.

  • The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
    3830 N Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection

    A selection of 1,400 saddles, spurs, and other quintessentially western items from the collection of Scottsdale gallerist Abe Hays. Highlights include a David E. Walker leather saddle circa 1880 and a collection of rare badges.

    The exhibition themes include working cowboys; Wild West shows; western gear made in prisons; rodeos and fairs; western movies and parades; outlaws and lawmen; western saloons; and illustrations. Almost all of the works are of the highest quality and are marked by an artisan renowned in his specialty.

    Visitors will encounter at least 30 examples of many different items, such as gun rigs, holsters, spurs, bits, saddle bags, cuffs, revolvers, and rifles. There are at least 10 examples of saddles, bridles, chaps, scabbards, bronco belts, reatas, quirts, knives, hats, and billheads (invoices). While every artifact on display captures a part of our history, some are exceedingly rare.

  • Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology

    SMOCA-Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7374 E. 2nd St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology

    In the 21st century, each of us—often unknowingly—leave a digital footprint in everything we do from texting to a simple internet search. This exhibition presents the multiple ways in which we, as users, interact with an artwork and the response or output the artwork provides in return. These interactions are meant to get the viewer thinking not only about the traces we leave behind, but the effects we have on technology.

    In this important moment in time, humans and technology are evolving together and interactive art exemplifies this relationship. This intimate level of engagement with an artwork opens the opportunity to shift the viewer’s perspective on the meaning and boundaries of art itself.

  • New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
    3830 N. Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

    This major traveling exhibition offers a fresh take on Western art through 100 works by 70 well-known artists including those from the Taos Society of Artists and less-recognized artists, who were living and working in the 1920s and 1930s in Santa Fe and Taos, N.M. – important art colonies then and now. The New Beginnings exhibition, which makes its debut at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and will travel to four additional institutes across the U.S. into 2021, features paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculptures and a furniture piece from the celebrated Tia Collection including never-before-shown works. This is the first time three-year-old Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is debuting another organization’s traveling exhibition. The exhibition offers a crisp view of artwork covering nearly a century, from 1888 to 1983, showing the evolution of art in New Mexico from 19th century Classicism and Romanticism to early 20th century Modernism with a focus on artworks and artists who operated on the transnational stage. Several years in the making, the New Beginnings exhibition features artists who were originally from outside the American West and also includes a significant number of women artists.

  • Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art

    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7374 E. Second St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art

    Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art is a contemporary take on one of the first exhibitions featured at SMoCA, Studio Glass: From the Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection.

    As the lead donor of the museum, Cafesjian’s legacy is important and his love of glass is undeniable. This exhibition highlights contemporary glass artists—both masters and emerging—whose innovative approaches using glass have advanced the medium’s discourse within contemporary art. While this is not a survey, the artworks selected represent the vast techniques and ideas used to explore this transformative material from the mid-20th century to today.

  • Courage and Crossroads: A Visual Journey through the Early American West

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
    3830 N Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Courage and Crossroads: A Visual Journey through the Early American West

    The story of America’s West in the 19th and early 20th centuries comes to life through more than 100 paintings and sculptures by artists ranging from Thomas Moran and Alfred Jacob Miller to Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The exhibit also includes vintage photographs by Edward S. Curtis, historic Native American objects, objects associated with Kit Carson, and the presentation style pipe tomahawk of Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

  • Scottsdale ArtWalk

    Downtown Scottsdale
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Scottsdale ArtWalk

    Celebrate an American original – the Scottsdale ArtWalk. This free event takes place every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.  in Old  Town Scottsdale. Restaurants, museums and free trolley and/or horse-drawn carriage rides are available during ArtWalk to transport folks from numerous free parking areas throughout the area.

    Locations include Main Street from Scottsdale Road west to Goldwater Boulevard, and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to 5th Avenue. 
  • Superhero Summer at the Princess

    Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
    7575 E. Princess Dr.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    Superhero Summer at the Princess

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superhero Summer #AtThePrincess! From Memorial Day to Labor Day join us for an adventure of heroic proportions as we invite families to enjoy special superhero-themed activities and photo ops, dive-in movies, fireworks and so much more at Arizona’s original endless summer destination. With Arizona’s only white sand beach, five sparkling pools* and two rip-roaring waterslides, luxurious guest rooms, award-winning restaurants, a world-class spa and championship golf…why staycation anywhere else?

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