Free Fall Events & Activities at SMoCA

Art-lovers rejoice! This fall season, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) has crafted a variety of fun activities that won’t hurt your wallet as a special museum “stimulus package.” In addition to the free admission that SMoCA provides all-day, all year long on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. along with free docent-led tours on Thursdays & Sundays at 1:30 p.m., the Museum will also be programming a full spectrum of free fall programs starting in September and running through December, for us Arizonans to enjoy. The events range from outdoor dog-friendly film screenings in the park, sketching activities in the galleries, artist presentations and guest speakers, to specialized poetry workshops.



Wednesday Sept. 9, 7 p.m.
Artist Lecture: Dennis Oppenheim
A collaborative lecture between the Scottsdale Public Art Program & SMoCA. Stage 2 Theater

Thrusday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m.
Film Screening Featuring Architecture
See a documentary film on architecture co-sponsored by the AZ chapter of the AIA. (Film title to be announced online soon in the calendar section of Stage 2 Theater.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m.
Learn About Being An Expert Museum Guide
Become a SMoCA Docent! If you love art, value learning and enjoy interacting with people, SMoCA’s docent program may just be the thing to enrich your life. RSVP to 480.874.4641 or Stage 2 Theater

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.
Dog Friendly Outdoor Screening of Selected William Wegman Films
See the hilarious films starring Wegman’s infamous Weimaraners including Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold (28 min), DogBaseball (3:24 min) and a compilation of Sesame Street videos (28 min). Come early to SMoCA to view the Unexpected Wegman exhibition. Dogs on leashes invited! Bring blankets & folding chairs. Outdoor Fountain Stage. Refreshments available for purchase.

Thursday Oct. 15, 6 p.m.
Art:21 Access ’09, Season 5: Screening of Transformation Episode
First tour the Nick Cave exhibition with senior curator Claire Schneider, then see Art:21’s Season 5 episode, Transformation, featuring artists Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman and Yinka Shonibare, MBE . After the program, artist Ann Morton leads a hands-on workshop inspired by the art of Nick Cave for the first 20 people who pre-register. Call 480-874-4641.This event is part of Art21 Access ’09, a celebration of contemporary art and Season 5 of Art:21-Art in the Twenty-First Century sponsored by Art21. Art21 Access ‘09 is held at over 300 museums, schools, libraries, art spaces and community centers and is organized in collaboration with Americans for the Arts’ National Arts and Humanities Month. Visit for more information. Stage 2 Theater.

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Ofrenda: An Ancient Mexican Tradition Honoring Ancestors”
Explore the tradition of ofrendas- altars for the deceased –created in conjunction with Mexico’s annual celebration of the Day of the Dead with educator, artist and priest Jorge Rodriguez Eagar. Stage 2 Theater. Co-sponsored by Friends of Mexican Art.

Thursday Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.
New Series: Artists on Artists
An experimental program showcasing the work of local artists, selected by other area artists. This third event of the on-going series is organized by artists Angela Ellsworth and Rico Reyes. Stage 2 Theater.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Artist Lecture: Mungo Thomson
The Los Angeles-based artist featured in southwestNET: film & video Looking Through the Other End of a Telescope discusses his recent work in film, sound, sculpture and publication. Stage 2 Theater.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Sketching in the Galleries
Museum visitors explore works of art in Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth.

Thursday, Nov. 5 & 12, 6:30 p.m.
Poetry Workshops: “Language as Lens: Seeing Art through Poetry”
Be inspired by the exhibition southwestNET: film & video Looking Through the Other End of a Telescope in this two-part poetry workshop taught by Mark Haunschild. On November 5, tour the exhibition with the curator, receive instructions and begin to write. On Nov. 12, return to workshop your new poems. Pre-registration required; call 480.874.4641. Meet in the Museum.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m.
Free Public Reading By Mothers Who Write class
Enjoy new prose created by mothers in a ten-week writer’s workshop led by Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman Susser. Meet in the Museum galleries.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Sketching in the Galleries
Museum visitors explore works of art in Unexpected Wegman through directed activities.

To reserve a spot in advance, or for more details, call 480.874.4641 or visit

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale

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