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  • Native Art Market

    Native Art Market



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    Native Americans artists gather from several different tribes to share with the public their unique artwork and providing an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about Native American art and culture. This event will feature quality, Native Handcrafted products for sale. No imports and no imitations.

  • Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art

    Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art



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    Best known for his portrayals of the American West as a man’s world, Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) depicted a surprising number of women throughout his artistic career. While many of his images of women conform to the pervasive stereotypes and artistic trends of turn-of-the-century America, his representations were more nuanced and action-oriented than those of numerous contemporaries. Building off of the pioneering research of Ginger K. Renner, the exhibition will include 60 works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, and bronze that span Russell’s career from 1890 to 1926, plus several additional works by notable artists.

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

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



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    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.

  • NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayon

    NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayon



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    NKAME:  A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayon (1967-1999)

    This landmark retrospective is the first in the U.S. dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón (1967–1999)—the late Cuban visual artist who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society Abakuá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. NKAME presents 47 prints that encompass a wide range of the artist’s graphic production from 1984 until her untimely passing in 1999. She is highly regarded for her signature technique of collography, and her deliberately austere palette of subtle black, white, and gray add drama and mystery to her narratives. Nkame was organized by the Belkis Ayón Estate, Havana, Cuba, and independent curator Cristina Vives along with the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

  • ASU Art Museum: From Darkness to Light

    ASU Art Museum: From Darkness to Light



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    The ASU Art Museum presents From Darkness to Light: Figurative Works from the Permanent Collection now through February 9, 2019. Drawn from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collections, this exhibition highlights the work of 31 internationally and nationally known artists who represent the human form in order to convey a vast range of emotions. A breadth of emotions are explored in the works on display ranging from lightheartedness and humor to anguish and despair. “From Darkness to Light” features both ceramic and print media, representing two of ASU Art Museum’s largest and strongest holdings. Notably, the prints selected for the exhibition are all by artists who work primarily in ceramics.

  • Double Agents: Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes

    Double Agents: Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes



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    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art presents Double Agents: Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes, a two-part exhibition that envisions an alternative future through distinct artistic practices. The exhibition features recent works by two of Mexico's most prominent artists who happen to be partners in life. For the first time, the couple collaborates artistically in the form of protest posters, accompanied by individual works of sculpture, video, fashion and photography. Through their varied mediums, both Fernández and Reyes encourage individual agency, believing we all hold the ability to create change in our social, political and personal spheres.

  • Sister's Christmas Catechism

    Sister's Christmas Catechism

    Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
    7380 E 2nd St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    In an unusually jolly mood, Sister, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun, teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever: Who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus? Using the latest forensic technology and her uncanny ability to detect guilt, Sister creates an unforgettable living Nativity with her students to expose the culprit.

    Each performance is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

  • “It’s the most Wonderful Time of the year”: Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

    “It’s the most Wonderful Time of the year”: Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

    Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
    7380 E 2nd St.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Where would the Christmas season be without songs like “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” and, of course, “White Christmas?”

    Surprisingly, all of these songs were written by Jewish songwriters trying to assimilate and become part of America’s melting pot. This unique evening, part of Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great® series, combines Kapilow, veteran Broadway vocalists and a superb local Youth Choir as they weave together the remarkable, largely unknown stories behind some of the world’s best-known Christmas songs, along with an exploration of what makes their music great. The evening might just change the way you hear and think about Christmas forever.

  • Carnival of Illusion

    Carnival of Illusion

    Arizona Biltmore Resort
    2400 E. Missouri Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85016

    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.”