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Last week, a painting by Mexican artist Diego Rivera sold for $9.76 million, making it the highest-priced Latin American artwork ever to be sold at auction. The Rivera work, which hung in the home of the late philanthropist David Rockefeller, was sold to an unidentified collector and it’s unclear whether it will ever be shown in public. But people who want to appreciate Rivera’s other work can do so right on campus at the ASU Art Museum.
ASU is partnering with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on a new master’s fellowship designed to increase diversity among museum professionals. The three-year program will combine traditional master's-level coursework and a thesis with working 30 hours a week at LACMA or the ASU Art Museum. The first-of-its-kind program will offer mentorship and allow students to accelerate their careers.
The ASU community mourns the loss of ASU trustee David Lincoln — businessman, entrepreneur, inventor, and investor — who supported the university with his generosity and as a volunteer. Together with his wife, Joan, he helped establish ASU’s Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, a hub and catalyst for research that advances a broad understanding of ethical behavior.
A new exhibition investigates the work carried out in studios and artisanal workshops in Jalisco, Mexico, during the past 100 years of production.
Miki Garcia wants the ASU Art Museum to be a point of pride on campus. The new director wants to pull the curtain back on the formality of art exhibits by encouraging a more interactive experience.
Bruce Halle was known as a leader who cared deeply for people, both in his workforce and across ASU.
The first-ever Herberger Institute Day began with dozens of workshops open to Herberger Institute students, faculty, staff and alumni, who were encouraged to experiment with subjects outside their usual work and classes. From painting speed murals to conducting brass bands to creating wounds with makeup, students explored all the Herberger Institute offers. When the workshops concluded, more than 400 people gathered for the Meal on the Mall.
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 »
Attractive woman Miki Garcia Director of ASU Art Musuem posing in gallery in black dress smiling at camera
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.
Visual LIT is a collaboration between the ASU Library and the ASU Art Museum that brings together visual artists interested in exploring different aspects of the library — from antique books to future modes of communication. The four participating artists are Fiamma Montezemolo, Euan Macdonald, Zhou Tao and Faivovich & Goldberg.
ASU Art Museum is the recipient of a two-year, $330,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation in support of the establishment of the Windgate Contemporary Craft Initiative. This gift will support a series of contemporary craft exhibitions, visiting artists and scholars, new acquisitions, conservation, public and university programs and student awards in contemporary craft.
This season, ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center celebrates the rich history of Chinese ceramics in the new exhibition "Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth." The show features over 60 pieces from 33 artists, the majority of whom have been recognized as national masters in China.
Established in 2009, Map(ing) — Multiple Artists Printing (Indigenous and Native Geographies) — invites Native American and Indigenous artists from across the United States to work with students in ASU School of Art’s nationally-ranked printmaking program to create editioned prints. The resulting work is on view at ASU Art Museum.
Once destined to become rubble, the 100-year-old Grant Street Studios structure in downtown Phoenix now serves as the state-of-the-art center of activity and production for graduate fine arts programs in ASU’s School of Art. The public is invited to visit the space and its studios the first and third Fridays of each month.
Politics can be contentious under the best of circumstances. But discussing politics is critical in an election year. So how do we do that without descending into acrimony? According to Steven J. Tepper, dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU, designers and artists can help us gain perspective and maintain civil dialogue, even when we disagree with each other. Here's a look at three events that have done just that.
Sheikha Hussah of the royal family of Kuwait comes to Arizona State University to talk about her journey of self-discovery as a collector and how art, scholarly exchange and research can connect diverse cultures and experiences.
The Desert Botanical Garden has been filled with unusual plants. Barrel cactus, prickly pears and flowering saguaros — all made of material from Border Patrol uniforms and covered in embroidery. The messages, both written and symbolic, document individual stories of migration, and it’s just what ASU assistant professor Margarita Cabrera was hoping to cultivate with the exhibit.
In the art world, Ana Mendieta’s name is a source of sorrow, reverence and inspiration. The Cuban-born American artist’s mysterious death in 1985 is a point of intrigue, but her work stands apart from the scandal. Mendieta synthesized and advanced emergent art forms of the early ’70s, including performance, body art, earthworks, photography and film. This semester, the ASU Art Museum is exploring her legacy in "Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta," which features an iconic... Read full story »
Arizona State University knows how to spot talent, as the latest round of “genius grants” helps prove. Lauren Redniss and Josh Kun have each been selected as 2016 MacArthur Foundation fellows, an honor that comes with a $625,000 award that winners can spend however they like. But before they were honored by MacArthur, they were recognized by ASU as having unique and valuable visions of the Southwest.
Art and public policy. They might not sound like they go together, but Kade L. Twist is proof to the contrary. The ASU School of Art alumnus works today as both a multidisciplinary artist and a public-affairs consultant, specializing in indigenous issues, and was recently named a United States Artists fellow.
Santa Fe-based artist Courtney M. Leonard grew up in the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, New York, where culture historically revolved around whaling and water. Leonard’s exhibition “Breach: Log 16,” on view April 16 through Aug. 6 at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery, is an exploration of historical ties to water and whale, imposed law and a current relationship of material sustainability.
“Print Wikipedia,” an exhibition of artist Michael Mandiberg’s project, opened at the Denny Gallery in New York City in July 2015 to widespread and international media attention. Now, a selection of “Print Wikipedia” volumes has been acquired for the permanent collection and is being shown at Arizona State University’s Hayden Library. It is the first time they have been displayed outside of an art space setting.

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