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Must-See Summer Art Exhibits in Phoenix

From classic cowboy art to the evolution of video game design, the summer months are chock-full of fantastic art exhibits at some of the Valley’s finest art museums. Here are some visiting exhibitions worth checking out.


The Working Cowboy, by Bill Own at Phoenix Art Museum’s summer exhibit, Riding Tall: The Cowboy in Art.

The Art of Video Games, Phoenix Art Museum
Traveling from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Art of Video Games brings together a 40-year history of video games as an artistic medium. Discover the evolution of fascinating visual effects and the adaptive creative use of new technologies through games like the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3.

Now – September 29

Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
With Campblell’s, Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s, the ‘50s and ‘60s brought about the revolution of grocery shopping and food consumption as we know it today. Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art presents the work of contemporary artists who depict the grocery store and consumption of its products as their subjects.

Now – September 1

Turn off the Sun: Selections from la Colección Jumex, ASU Art Museum
Turn off the Sun is a rare exhibit that relays select works from one of the largest contemporary art collections in Latin America, La Colección Jumex, which is comprised of more than 2,600 works by emerging and established artists from Mexico, Latin America, the United States and Europe. With borders, labor and movement in mind, the collection relays the complex relationship between Arizona and Mexico through diverse mediums.

Now – September 7

Riding Tall: The Cowboy In Art, Phoenix Art Museum
Get a history lesson and follow the height of 19th century American cowboy culture with selected works from the Phoenix Art Museum’s American West collection in this specially-curated exhibition.

Now – September 22

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