Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement, the first comprehensive consideration of Chicano art in two decades, will open at the Phoenix Art Museum on July 12. It explores the work of a young generation of artists working today after the initial social struggles of the Chicano movement, a larger political and cultural movement that in the late 1960s and early 1970s began campaigning for justice and equality for Americans of Mexican and Latin American heritage.
This exhibition explores the current experimental tendencies of this younger generation of American artists with cultural ties to Mexico and Latin America. The art works are oriented less toward traditional media of painting or sculpture and declarative polemical assertion than toward conceptual art, performance, media-based art, and “stealthy” artistic interventions in urban spaces.
Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and traveling to five museums in the United States and Mexico, the exhibition includes 120 works by 32 artists in all media: painting and sculpture as well as installation, video, performance, and mixed-media works using film, digital, and sound. A partial list of artists includes the seminal LA-based Chicano art collective Asco; conceptual artist Ruben Ochoa, sculptor Margarita Cabera; photographer Christina Fernandez; performance artist Mario Ybarra Jr.; and Nicola López, who creates dramatic drawing and sculptural installations. The exhibit closes on September 21.
The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave.
For more information, visit www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1880
Beards, Lucky Strikes, margarita slushies and sleeves of tats abound at the debut of 2009′s Star Swim at the Wyndham Hotel. Nevermind the bands that played (more on that in a minute), this now weekly event is the place for twentysomethings to let loose is half-naked reckless abandonment, and if the crowd from the first weekend is any indication, this thing is catching on fast. The rooftop pool was full of boozin’, cruisin’ for digits and generally (sometimes frighteningly) loud people dancing in some very unconventional fashions. Local bands Hooves, Art for Starters and Wizards of Time helped de-sober the crowd, but by the time headliner Dear and the Headlights (or Drunk and the Headlights, as they proclaimed) took the… er… pool deck, everyone was in a very social state of mind. By the end, half the crowd commandeered microphones to sing along, people from overlooking hotel rooms were cracking open their windows to get a listen and the stuffy lobby bar was emptied in anticipation for a booze-soaked encore. This is a pretty successful debut at the Wyndham for Star Swim, which occupied Saturday evenings at the Hotel San Carlos last summer. The schedule for upcoming weekends is below.
50 E Adams St
5 to 10pm Saturdays, all summer long
Tickets are $6 and available online here. (Also available at door.)
May 30: Kinch, Aushua, Yellow Minute, Cardiac Party
June 6: K e n e s s e t, Mostly Bears, Snake! Snake! Snakes!
June 13: Black Carl, Mr. Gnome, Mondegreen, We Fear the Bees
June 20: What Laura Says, the Necronauts
June 27: The Rogue
July 4: Miniature Tigers, Princeton, DJ Ben Collins (1-10 p.m.)
August 1: Lymbic System
More bands and dates TBA.
On Monday, June 29, the Heard Museum will be holding another Movie Mondays event.
They will be showing a 28-minute film called If Weather Permits at 1:30pm. Elisapie Isaac, a young, city-based Inuit filmmaker returns to her roots, the village of Kangirsujuaq in Nunavik. Here, she ponders the relationship between the Inuit past and the future in today’s world. In interviews with her extraordinary grandfather and with young people of the community, she finds more questions than answers. To bridge the growing gap between the young and the old, she lets Naalak, an elder, and Danny, a young policeman from Kangirsujuaq, tell us what they think. Isaac also speaks to her grandfather, now dead, and confides in him her hopes and fears.
The screening is free with regular museum admission which is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, $5 for students with a valid student ID, and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Heard Museum members, children under age 6 and American Indians receive free admission.
The Heard Museum, located at 2301 N. Central Ave., is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
For more information, call 602-252-8848 or visit www.heard.org
Downtown Voices Coalition, Modified Arts and No Festival Required present “Malls R Us,” a documentary film by Helene Klodawsky.
“Malls R Us” examines North American’s most popular and profitable suburban destination – the enclosed shopping center – and how for consumers they function as a communal, even ceremonial experience and, for retailers, sites where their idealism, passion and greed merge.
The film will be shown on Tuesday, June 30 at 8pm at Modified Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt St. Admission is $6 but students with a valid I.D. receive $1 off.
For more information on the film, visit www.nofestivalrequired.com. For more information on the Modified Arts, visit www.modified.org.
Jim McPherson has made several Arizona google maps and recently finished his newest project, the map of Central Phoenix Vitality Initiatives.
The map revolves around downtown and central Phoenix revitalization, showing recent invidual projects, and numerous restoration and adaptive reuse projects.
Phoenix residents can see the before and after transformations of many historic properties and the true value they add to the community.
McPherson has also included a color-coding system to rate the status of each project. Blue meaning the project is successful, green meaning it is still in progress, magenta meaning it is failing, and red meaning it has failed. Projects on hold are indicated in yellow.
McPherson welcomes feedback for his methodology, and for corrections on geographic boundaries and the status of individual projects. He also welcomes recommendations for projects that are not already on the map.
The map can be found here