PhxArt Project: CityScape

From November 24 through January 7, Phoenix Art Museum will take over a retail space at the CityScape complex and will host a special installation, performances, pop-up shop, and more, during the annual CitySkate ice-skating event in downtown Phoenix. The space is called PhxArt Project: CityScape and we look forward to seeing you there! See day-by-day schedule here. 
 

Hours and Admission

The Museum’s space at CitySkate will be open during the following hours:

November 24  |  9 am – 10 pm
Opening Day
CityScape Alternative Black Friday: 10 am-4 pm

November 25 – 26  |  3 – 10 pm
*Hands-on activites, Saturday, Nov. 25, 3 pm and 5 pm 

November 27 – December 14
Monday - Thursday  |  5 pm - 10 pm 
Friday - Sunday   |  3 pm - 10 pm

December 15 – January 2
Monday - Sunday  |  3 pm - 10 pm 

January 3 - 7
Wednesday - Thursday  |  5-10 pm
Friday - Sunday  |  3-10 pm

 

The space will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.

Admission is free for all ages. For information about ticket prices to the CitySkate ice rink, please visit phxicerink.com

Media information 

Press Release: download here
Media Images: coming soon

 

Installations

Artist Saskia Jordá, who won the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Award of Phoenix Art Museum in 2015, will present an original installation inside the retail space titled Cacerolazo (pictured) consisting of hundreds of pots, pans, and utensils, suspended at varying heights from the ceiling rafters within reach of the viewer. In Spanish, cacerolazo refers to the action of striking a pot to make a loud sound, as well as a unique form of political protest that consists simply of a group of people making noise by banging on pots and pans. Originating in South America in the 1970s in response to food shortages, the cacerolazo is a remarkable form of demonstration, a cathartic activity that enables participants to make themselves heard without saying a word. The installation is inspired by a cacerolazo from the artist’s childhood in Venezuela. At select times, viewers may be invited to interact with the installation as well as experience on-site performances and programs including dance, music, and hands-on activities.

Artist Melissa Martinez’s installation entitled Drip, Dribble, Drop, previously featured at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in 2013, will be on view outdoors in the CityScape Plaza. The work is a prime example of the Tempe-based artist’s practice, as Martinez often works with found objects and unconventional materials to convey emotional experiences that occur in the presence of natural phenomena. This installation imbues a household item with a new dimension of meaning. Hanging from the ceiling, a series of white umbrellas becomes a set of artistic forms that evoke simplicity, beauty, and proportion, while suggesting a variety of experiences that a light winter shower may inspire. The installation lights up at night, inviting viewers to ponder, reflect, and of course, take the ultimate selfie.

Image: Melissa Martinez:Drip, Dribble, Drop, installation view, Canal Convergence, 2013. Photo by Dayvid LeMmon. Courtesy of Scottsdale Public Art.

The Museum Store Pop-up Shop

In addition to the featured installation and an outdoor installation, The Museum Store’s pop-up shop will be open throughout the run of CitySkate.

Programs

There will also be performances and activities in the space on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, including:

 A hands-on activity inspired by Cacerolazo
 SentiDos Dance, a brand-new project led by Joan Rodriguez and Taimy Miranda, with the collaboration of David Olarte (Stilo Dance) and Convergence Ballet
 Dancer and choreographer Steven Redondo
 Dancer and choreographer Liliana Gomez
 Cut + Paste PHX
 Oh My Ears, an organization created by Datura, Slender Loris, Amber Walker, and Tandem Duo that fosters the creation and sharing of new music by connecting emerging composers, ensembles, and musicians with one another and the greater Phoenix community.