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Artists and scientists are not such strangers as one might think. An overarching curiosity drives both. ASU engineer Nathan Newman has traversed both realms, contributing his expertise in physics and materials science to the art world over the years. His latest foray is as guest curator of an ASU Art Museum exhibit designed to explore how a scientific eye can illuminate aspects behind the creation of various works in the museum’s collection and the visual effects that enhance their aesthetic... Read full story »
Miki Garcia, former executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is joining Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts as the new director of the ASU Art Museum.
Attending a performance or an exhibition at the Herberger Institute is more than just seeing a show — it's helping students become better designers and artists, and preparing them to be the change makers and cultural catalyst of tomorrow. This fall the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts launches another season, and with it, the chance for the surrounding community to play a critical role in the lives of young designers and artists.
A new exhibition by actor James Franco and his brother, full-time sculptor Tom Franco, is debuting Saturday at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. “Pipe Brothers: Tom and James Franco” consists of nine large carved and painted ceramic sewer pipes, which were created with the help of a Phoenix-based factory. The exhibition will be on display through Sept. 23.
Neon and taxidermy animals usually scream gun shop, feed store or Arizona honky-tonk. This time it says art. For Mexico-based Gabriel Rico’s first museum exhibition in the United States, he has borrowed objects from ASU’s Life Sciences program to create a one-of-a-kind installation. He uses materials such as taxidermy animals, bones, pelts, neon, projection, ceramic plates and other objects to address the relationship between nature, architecture and the future ruins of civilization.
Herberger Institute Professor Liz Lerman's gallery "Minds on the Move: The Treadmill Tapes” brought members of the ASU community to join her on side-by-side treadmills to talk about whatever is “most “current, curious, urgent, or vexing” for them. She's walked and talked with 36 people including ASU President Michael Crow, who joined her for the final installment.
During her undergraduate career, 22-year-old Angelica Fox worked with an array of arts organizations across the Valley; she spent one semester with City of Tempe Public Art, three months with the Phoenix Art Museum and eighteen months with the ASU Art Museum. Fox is graduating this May with two degrees from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: art history and museum studies.
Bernardi, an associate professor in The Design School at ASU and the program coordinator of the Interior Design program and the Master of Interior Architecture program, is the latest participant in ASU Art Museum’s Encounter series, where artists and scholars re-imagine and re-contextualize the museum’s collection to address larger issues related to the current social and culture climate in Arizona and the world at large.
Visitors are invited to help dismantle Arizona State University's "Fathomings" exhibit by walking with the artist carrying pieces of the rubble; the exhibition is one of a handful looking at walking from different angles.

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