Artists from all walks of life have been inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Scottsdale and subsequently left their mark around town. See some of the newest offerings available at these artistic attractions.
If you look close enough, you can spot influences of Frank Lloyd Wright all over Scottsdale. But if you want an in-depth lesson on the architectural genius, go on an Insights Tour at Taliesin West, his former personal home, studio and architectural library. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth.
What better way to celebrate than by learning about the longstanding history and design of Wright’s “desert laboratory,” as well as a few of the quirks that contributed to his successful architecture career? On June 8, Taliesin West is offering tours of its grounds for just $1.50 – celebratory cake included. The foundation is also hosting new tours, including a garden tour that showcases the desert plant life at Taliesin West, and a private tour that explores his art collection, plus other special symposia.
Take a melodic journey through the world at Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), the first global museum of instruments. The museum has left its mark on the Valley of the Sun with 5,000 instruments and artifacts from more than 200 countries on display and more than 15,000 in its collection. Transport to another land with wireless headsets and LCD video displays depicting the sounds and sights of the instruments and the people who use them. See the recreation of a gong workshop, listen to the sounds of the traditional Beijing Opera or experience a contemporary Ukrainian wedding procession. Stop by MIM’s Artist Gallery, which houses instruments from famous musicians throughout time, including John Lennon, Paul Simon, Taylor Swift and the Jonas Brothers. After enjoying a worldly concert, try out your own musical abilities in MIM’s Experience Gallery, where you can play the guitars, gongs and drums. Through Sept. 4, 2017, visitors of the museum can explore Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces, which features guitars, banjos and one ukulele created with intricate details of abalone shell, mother of pearly, coral, and other materials.
Do you love art that makes you think, cry or smile? Then you’ll want to make a stop at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), which is located in a brilliant building designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, who studied under the late renowned architect Paolo Soleri. This one-time movie theater displays 9 to 12 exhibitions per year and offers evolving educational programs and special events. The newest exhibit is The Kindness of Strangers: Recent Acquisitions and Conservation Projects, running through April 23, 2017. This collection includes 1,834 artworks by 640 artists to highlight many of the museum’s recent acquisitions and celebrate some of the intriguing conservation project.
Scottsdale pays homage to its western roots at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Since its 2015 opening, this nonprofit storytelling attraction has created quite the name for itself, as it’s one of the youngest organizations to ever become a certified Smithsonian Affiliate museum. Current exhibitions include John Coleman: Past/Present/Future, which runs through May 31 and explores the career of the pioneer painter and sculptor.