• Kelly Richardson, Mariner 9 (detail), 2012. Panoramic video installation with sound; 9 × 43 feet, 5.1 audio, 20 minute seamless loop. Originally commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Courtesy of the artist and Birch Contemporary, Toronto, Canada. © Kelly Richardson

    Kelly Richardson: Tales on the Horizon

    Sep 12 – Jan 10, 2016

  • Chris Fraser, In outline, 2012. Site-specific installation in existing room with lath, light, sound and weather on March 3, 2011; 11 x 16 x 16 feet. Commissioned by Highlight Gallery, San Francisco, California. Courtesy of the artist. © Chris Fraser

    Architecture + Art Chris Fraser: Looking Back

    Oct 3 – Jan 10, 2016

  • Bruce Munro, Ferryman’s Crossing, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona. © Bruce Munro. Photo: Peter Bugg

    Bruce Munro: Ferryman’s Crossing

    Oct 3 – Apr 24, 2016


upcoming events

Tom Sachs,  A Space Program (film still), 2015

Tom Sachs presents A Space Program

Nov 19|7:00 pm| Free

The Arizona premier of this 2015 film in which the artist and his team hand-build an entire space program to send two female astronauts to Mars. Tom Sachs will join us to discuss his…


Documentary Video Art Festival

Dec 3|7:00 pm| Free

A showcase of experimental shorts highlighting social, cultural and personal topics. These artworks were produced by students in Documentary Video Art as part of the Intermedia program of the School of Art, Herberger Institute for…

Dreaming the Biosphere by Rebecca Reider, 2010

Lunch & Lit: Dreaming the Biosphere

Dec 4|12:00 pm| Ticketed

Dreaming the Biosphere by Rebecca Reider Speaker: Curator Claire C. Carter Read the book or don’t, but do join us for delicious food and tasty conversation. Fee: $10 (Free for Friends of…

Total Recall, 1990 (left)  Total Recall, 2012 (right)

Total Recall Double Feature

Dec 11|6:00 pm| Free

What do Arnold Schwarzenegger, planetary scientists and junk food have in common? All three come together in a night of film and conversation. Join us for back-to-back screenings of Total Recall, both the 1990 and…

Programs for Kids

SMoCA is delighted to share with school children and teachers a stellar season of exciting learning experiences, from arts activities to guided tours and slide presentations brought free of charge to your classroom.
We invite you to participate.

Child Drawing

The SMoCA Lounge

A gallery transformed, SMoCA Lounge is the intersection of art, design, lively dialogue, education and community. Open until 9:00p on Fri & Sat with free museum admission after 5:00p.
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James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek), Radiate, 2014. Latex paint on wall. SMoCA Lounge. Commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: © Sean Deckert / Calnicean Projects

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