College is supposed to be about learning new things, so it makes sense that ASU Art Museum’s 2008-09 schedule has a theme of “emerging artists and emergent media.” Announced July 15, the slate includes more than a dozen new exhibitions.
The season starts Aug. 23 — two days before the start of classes — with “Midstream: New Ceramics From the Heartland,” a showcase of three clay artists (Teri Frame, Alex Hibbitt, and Liz Zacher) on display through Feb. 28. “The Other Mainstream II,” the museum’s second exhibition of the Valley’s Mikki and Stanley Weithorn contemporary art collection (the first was in early 2005), will run Sept. 27 to Jan. 4.
“ASU Herberger College School of Art Faculty Exhibition,” recent work by ASU faculty, will be on display Oct. 18 through Jan. 25. More ceramics work will be featured with “Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser,” from Feb. 14 to May 16. Ceramic artists will again be on display with “Potters on Paper: Selections From the Collection” (March 28 to May 31), but with a twist — they are works that internationally recognized ceramic artists created on paper, stepping outside their comfort zone.
The museum’s two major initiatives will be continued with “Social Studies,” residencies from artists interested in social interaction (last year San Francisco artist Josh Greene moved curator John Spiak’s office into one of the museum galleries), and “Moving Targets,” which explores the role of new media in the arts. The participating “Social Studies” artists have not been announced yet, but the “Moving Targets” exhibits are video installations “Nadia Hironaka: The Late Show” (Oct. 18 through Jan. 25) and “Breathing Is Free: 12,756.3 — The First 1,500, New Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba” (Jan. 26 through April 26).
For more information, visit the ASU Art Museum online at asuartmuseum.asu.edu or call (480) 965-2787.