Exhibition Details

Location: Ellman Fashion Design Gallery
Dates: August 11, 2018
to October 6, 2018
Moonage Virtual Reality closes to the general public on September 30, and viewings will be extended for Members only through October 6. The exhibition will be closed from 6-10 pm during October 5 First Friday.



Viewing for Moonage Virtual Reality is on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are accepted on-site only. Check Phoenix Art Museum's social media platforms for the latest updates (FacebookInstagram, and Twitter).

An in-gallery waitlist will be maintained in the event that reservations reach capacity. In-gallery waitlists are compiled on a first come, first served basis and do not guarantee viewing, but will fill no-show reservations as they become available.

Health warning: Some people may experience motion sickness, nausea, disorientation, blurred vision, or other discomforts when experiencing virtual reality. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop viewing immediately and advise a gallery attendant. If you have photosensitive epilepsy or other visual conditions, or are susceptible to motion sickness, under the influence of alcohol, or have an impaired sense of balance, Phoenix Art Museum recommends that you do not view this exhibition.

Advertencia de salud: algunas personas pueden experimentar mareos, náuseas, desorientación, visión borrosa, u otras incomodidades al experimentar la realidad virtual. Si experimentas alguno de estos síntomas, deja de ver inmediatamente y avisa a un guardia del Museo. Si tienes epilepsia fotosensible u otra condición visual, eres susceptible a mareos, has bebido alcohol o tienes trastorno del equilibro, el Museo de Arte de Phoenix recomienda que no veas esta exhibición.

For the first time ever at Phoenix Art Museum, guests have the opportunity to experience photography and video in a whole new dimension. 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.

Moonage takes 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: Billy Name’s The Warhol Silver Factory, Mick Rock’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern.

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.

"Hutchinson’s films are an overwhelming delight."—Phoenix New Times

"3-D virtual reality has come to the art museum, and it has brought Andy Warhol and David Bowie along for the ride." — azcentral.















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 on view from August 11 until September 30, 2018. This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.


Members-Only Viewing Opportunities:

    Friday, August 10, 2018: 10 am – 5 pm
    Saturday, August 11, 2018: 10 am – 1 pm
    COMING SOON: After-hours Members' Viewing Party



General Admission:
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID) 
— Children (Ages 6-17)

All exhibitions and installations are included with General Admission. 

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This special engagement exhibition is offered to the public for $5 during voluntary-donation, pay-what-you-wish hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and from noon–5 pm on the second Sunday of each month.
Interested in coming as a group? For group sales information, click here


Media images and credit lines: Download Here
Press Release: Download Here
Media Contact: Margaree Bigler, Public Relations Manager, margaree.bigler@phxart.org


Travis Hutchison, The Warhol Silver Factory with Billy Name, 2017. 360° stereoscopic mp4. Courtesy of the artist.
Travis Hutchison, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust with Mick Rock, 2017. 360° stereoscopic mp4. Courtesy of the artist.
Travis Hutchison, Kenny Scharf: Cosmic Cavern, 2017. 360° stereoscopic mp4. Courtesy of the artist