- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Apr 2015
Through April 9
Superstition Mountain Museum
Ted DeGrazia’s Superstition Collection, through April 9, features 28 original paintings and numerous sketches depicting the history, legends and landmarks of the Superstition Mountains. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, students. 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, superstitionmountainmuseum.org, 480-983-4888.
Through April 29
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia, through April 19; southwestNET: Postcommodity, through April 26; and Peace Makers, through April 29. W, F-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 15 and younger; free admission on Thursdays. 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
ASU Art Museum
Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt, through April 4; Museum/Archive: Recent Acquisitions to the ASU Art Museum Collection, through April 11; Tan Ping: Follow My Line, through May 16; Unfixed: New Painting, through June 6; and The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive, through June 20. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.
Cave Creek Museum
The museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. W-Th, Sa-Su, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5, adults; $3, seniors; $2, students. 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.
Challenger Space Center
Designed to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages about the mysteries and wonders of space, science and the universe in which we live, this world-class complex offers space missions, camps, lectures, classes, stargazing nights, and more. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children 3-12; free, children 2 and younger. 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2012.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, through May 3; Cowgirls with a Camera, through May 31; and A Piece of the Enchanted Land: Ceramic Creations from New Mexico Pueblos, through Jan. 3. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $7.50, adults; $6, seniors; free, youth 16 and younger. 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, westernmuseum.org, 928-684-2272.
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
Fire history exhibits cover nearly an acre, including more than 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus from around the world, as well as the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism, a memorial to the firefighters and other rescue workers lost on 9/11, a large fire safety exhibit that includes a two-room safety house, and many hands-on exhibits for children. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $4, children 6-17; $1.50, children 3-6. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.
Time Exposures: A Photographic History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century, through Sept. 27; Loloma: Expressions in Metal, Ink and Clay, through Oct. 4; Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art, through Nov. 29; and The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century, through April 3, 2016. M-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.
House of Broadcasting
Dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history, personalities and paraphernalia of radio and TV in Arizona. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 7150 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, houseofbroadcasting.com, 602-944-1997.
Mesa Contemporary Arts
Thirty-Sixth Annual Contemporary Craft Exhibition, through April 5; Beaded, not Broken, through April 12; Chamber Music: A Mostly Silent Installation, through April 26; The Seattle Series, April 3-Aug. 16; and ARTillery, April 24-Aug. 16. Tu-W, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th-Sa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $3.50; free, children 7 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Mini Time Machine Museum
Dedicated to the preservation and display of antique and contemporary miniatures, the museum features more than 275 miniature houses, room boxes and collectibles. Diamonds Are Forever: The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them, continues through April 19. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson, theminitimemachine.org, 520-881-0606.
Musical Instrument Museum
Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World, through June 21, explores drum construction, performance techniques, and the immeasurable and cultural significance of drums around the world. The exhibit also looks at differing concepts of rhythm in Asia, Africa and the Americas, and the role of drums in rituals, military events and even as systems of nonverbal communication. Guests can explore Middle Eastern music from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11-12, with music performances, instrument demonstrations, dancing and workshops. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Happy Birthday, George! 100 Years of Inspiration, through July 19, commemorates the 100th birthday of George Phippen, the museum’s namesake and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America. Offering a comprehensive presentation of Phippen’s drawings, paintings and sculpture, the exhibit also provides a rare glimpse at sketches never before seen by the public. Art & Heritage of the Cowboy Artists, through Aug. 16, explores the beginning and history of Cowboy Artists of America, with more than 75 pieces of artwork from members past and present. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 12 and younger. 4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, phippenartmuseum.org, 928-778-1385.
Phoenix Art Museum
The Resonance of Clay, through April 1; Platinum: Contemporary Photography, through April 5; Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation, through April 12; Mysteries from Europe: Works by Unidentified Artists, through April 19; Andy Warhol: Portraits, through June 21; Unique Photographs, through Sept. 27; Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag, April 4-Aug. 9; One-of-a-Kind: Unique Photographic Objects From the Center for Creative Photography, April 11-Oct. 25; and Contemporary Forum Grant Winners, April 25-May 31. Call for times and admission prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.
Vistas & Visions of the Colorado Plateau, through Jan. 31, is a solo exhibition for Ron Larson, who creates watercolor and oil paintings inspired by the landscape and natural beauty of the Colorado Plateau region. M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $5, adults; $3, seniors; $1, children 5-15. 6 N. Lake Powell Blvd., Page, powellmuseum.org, 928-645-9496.
Pueblo Grande Museum
Supply and Demand: Hohokam Pottery Production, through Aug. 31, features new research on the Hohokam, which reveals a remarkable economy that relied on the production and distribution of goods at a scale that challenges how we think about prehistoric exchange patterns. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, children 6-17; free, children 5 and younger. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901. Dennis June, author and owner of Dennis June Galleries in Scottsdale, discusses his book Fred Harvey Jewelry: 1900-1955 at 7:30 p.m. April 1. A behind-the-scenes tour with Holly Young, curator of collections, is offered at 2 p.m. April 8 and 22; and a plant tour focusing on edible and medicinal plants of the Southwest, at 10 a.m. April 9.
River of Time Museum
Guests can trace the steps of ancient people who passed through the area, with exhibits focusing on Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, the Yavapai people and Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. Call for times. $3, adults; $2, seniors; $1, children 5-12. 12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills, riveroftimemuseum.org, 480-837-2612.
Shemer Art Center
New Art Arizona, through April 30, showcases works from members of the Arizona Artists Guild and Shemer Art Center scholarship winners. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Th, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-262-4727.
An Essential Relationship: Amateurs and Professionals in Central Arizona Archaeology, through May 31; and a Mata Ortiz pottery show, sale and demonstrations, April 11-12. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, students; free, children 11 and younger. 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, smokimuseum.org, 928-445-1230.
Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery
Page to Screen, through June 6, explores the connections between our imaginations, our favorite books and the movies that result from them. Call for times. Free. 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tcagallery, 480-350-2822.
Tempe History Museum
The Tempe Sound, through Oct. 5, tells the story of music in Tempe with hundreds of pieces of music paraphernalia honoring groups such as The Refreshments, St. Madness, and Walt Richardson and the Morningstar Band. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100. Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official state historian, discusses “Hucksters, Con Men and Bamboozlers,” April 8, 11:30 a.m.; and Timothy Russell from ASU’s School of Music shares “Trade Secrets of Conducting an Orchestra,” April 16, 7 p.m.
Celebrating the essence of the American West, past and present, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West features rotating displays of Western art and cultural treasures, interactive exhibits, multimedia productions and an ongoing schedule of educational programs and public events. Inspirational Journey: The Story of Lewis and Clark, featuring artwork by Charles Fritz, through Sept. 30; and The A.P. Hays Spirit of the West Collection, through Dec. 31. Tu-W, F-Sa, 9:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $13, adults; $11, seniors; $8, students and children 6-17. 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, scottsdalemuseumwest.org, 480-686-9539.