For the first time ever at Phoenix Art Museum, guests will have the opportunity to experience photography and video in a whole new dimension. Opening on August 11, Moonage Virtual Reality will take viewers on a simulated journey through rock-and-roll fashion and culture, as well as Pop Art, thanks to three virtual-reality films by filmmaker Travis Hutchison.
Offering an out-of-this-world perspective, the suite of films in the cutting-edge exhibition celebrates the music, fashion, and style of three legendary figures: Andy Warhol, who helped define the Pop Art movement of the late 1960s; David Bowie, whose glam-rock music transformed pop culture in the early ’70s; and Kenny Scharf, whose psychedelic art influenced the ‘80s underground New York art scene. Using an ordinary smartphone inserted into a virtual-reality headset, guests will be able to explore the simulated environments of Moonage Virtual Reality simply by moving their heads.
Billy Name’s The Warhol Silver Factory
Discover Andy Warhol’s studio, otherwise known as the Silver Factory, through iconic images by famed Warhol photographer Billy Name, and see the glamour of the Warhol sixties and its Superstars come to life in this stereoscopic film.
Mick Rock’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Immerse yourself in a dreamlike, 360° glam-rock kaleidoscope of David Bowie’s 1972 Ziggy Stardust tour through Mick Rock’s stunning catalog of photographs and videos of the Starman’s live performances, outrageous costumes, and more.
Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern
Experience the day-glo, Pop-Surrealist universe of visual artist Kenny Scharf. Scharf’s characteristic cartoon imagery, graffiti tags, and dreamy futuristic environments come to life under the fluorescent black lights of New York night clubs in this party environment-turned-art installation-turned virtual, psychedelic experience.
Moonage Virtual Reality is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.
This exhibition is offered to the general public for free during voluntary donation, free-access hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and the second Sunday of each month from noon–5 pm.
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