Scottsdale Arts Community
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Any guest showing their Hotel Valley Ho room key at SMoCA can gain free admission for two through December 31, 2014. The museum is located less than a mile from the hotel, at 7374 E. 2nd St.
Olafur Eliasson: Beauty
May 6 - September 7
Olafur Eliasson’s exquisite and enigmatic installation of mist and fractured light will be accompanied by a looping presentation of the documentary film Olafur Eliasson: Space is Process, and hands-on activities to learn more about this important artist.
Bill Owens: Suburbia
May 17 - September 7
Bill Owens’s Suburbia (1973) is a series of strange and compelling photographs that reveal the complexities of the American middle-class landscape. Utilizing a straightforward and direct photographic style, Owens documented the customs, symbols and social dynamics of various Northern California housing developments. With an eye for humor, he confirmed assumptions of its perceived banality, uniformity and careless comfort, but tempered them with empathetic attention to the unexpected beauty, uniqueness and anxieties that are equally part of suburban life. Accompanying quotations from the individuals in the images describe the opportunities and challenges of everyday life in their new environments. Pairing a seemingly objective visual style with subjective statements of lived experiences he pinpointed the tensions that exist at the intersection of the American dream and reality.
Linear Thinking: Selections from the Permanent Collection
May 24 - Summer 2014
This exhibition presents artworks that employ lines in a rich variety of ways. Sculptor George Rickey created straight lines in the form of hinged steel blades to explore motion. Photographer Mark Klett foregrounded the contour lines of saguaro cacti, their vertical trunks and outstretched arms almost assuming human qualities. Painter Deb Sokolow used angular lettering and diagrammatic lines to tell a story. Collectively, these and the other artworks in the installation encourage us to discover the conceptual and aesthetic complexity of a deceptively simple element.
Featured Lobby Art
Two photographic prints of the Westward Ho hotel by Andrew Pielage are on display in the lobby. The Westward Ho in Downtown Phoenix was the sister property to Hotel Valley Ho when it first opened. Andrew's prints are available for purchase, and he can be reached at email@example.com.
See the full Westward Ho series