Safwat Saleem: Concerned, but Powerless
January 16 – March 2, 2018
Reception: Thursday, January 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Concerned but Powerless is artist Safwat Saleem’s satirical response to the national political and cultural climate. Using repurposed vintage imagery, a clean design aesthetic, and his trademark wit, Saleem has created a series of brief, uncomfortable and nervous soliloquies that give voice to our inner struggles.
Right: Safwat Saleem, Concerned but Powerless #12, 2017, Archival Inkjet Print, 17" x 21" framed
Hollywood in the Desert
March 8 – April 6, 2018
Reception: Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Hollywood has always had a major influence on Fashion and Design, from silent movies to today’s red carpet. Names like Adrian, Helen Rose, Bill Travilla and Bob Mackie are known for dazzling us with their creations on the screen and the runway. Hollywood in the Desert shares fashion from these timeless influentials and others. Curated by Robert Black.
Right: Sophie Gimbel dress from the collection of Dorothy McGuire of the McGuire sisters. Model: FordRBA Photographer: Kelly Cappelli
April 13 – May 11, 2018
Reception: Thursday, April 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
As desert dwellers our perception of nature and beauty can be different from others. Where some may see desolation, we see nature at its finest. Desert Imprint shows the work of three local artists who see desert ecology as something to be admired. Experience reactions to local and far-flung flora and fauna in the wood-burning art of Alexandra Bowers, and photographs of J. W. Fike and Ryan Parra.
Right: Ryan Parra, Eriogonum Fasciculatum, 2017, Archival Inkjet Print, 16” x 24”
Object Inspiration, a collaborative exhibit with Chandler Museum
May 25 – August 25, 2018
Reception: Thursday, May 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Our everyday objects may not be so ordinary when seen through the eyes of an artist. Using abstraction, manipulation and interpretation, local artists create artworks in response to objects from the Chandler Museum collection.
Right: Holmes-type stereoscope from the Chandler Museum Collection