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Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists

Sep 11, 2021 - Jan 23, 2022

Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists presents new work by artists under, or near, the age of 30 who are based in Phoenix, Arizona. The works in this exhibition speak to the resilience and determination of a new generation of artists who expose the complexities of becoming within the rapidly evolving ethos of today. This exhibition […]

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Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists presents new work by artists under, or near, the age of 30 who are based in Phoenix, Arizona. The works in this exhibition speak to the resilience and determination of a new generation of artists who expose the complexities of becoming within the rapidly evolving ethos of today. This exhibition presents painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and performance that addresses a variety of topics including marginalized communities, social justice, environmental degradation, exploration of sexuality, and reckoning with personal narratives.

Based in the fifth largest city in the United States, the artists have come to this desert-bound metropolis by birth, for school, or as a refugee. While the artists are part of a globalized art world, the artworks presented are products of experience rooted in the U.S. Southwest. Typically portrayed from the outside through the romanticization of the desert and “good old boy” libertarianism, in actuality Arizona is in a constant state of becoming with its rapid population growth, position on the US-Mexico border, and transition to a blue state during the 2020 presidential election. Millennials, now roughly between the ages of 20 and 40 years old, are transitioning from their youthful stereotypes into adulthood. The maturing generation advocates for change and continues to make progress as idealistic reformers. In looking at artwork made by artists in the earlier half of this generation, elements of collaboration, non-normative ideologies, healing, safety, and resistance to the status quo are prevalent.

Forever Becoming offers a glimpse at the emerging artistic talent in and around Phoenix, Arizona. Artists include Mia B. Adams, Merryn Omotayo Alaka, Vincent Chung, Steffi Faircloth, Sam Fresquez, Estephania González, Lena Klett, Cydnei Mallory, Brianna Noble, Lily Reeves, and Papay Solomon. Organized by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and curated by Lauren R. O’Connell, curator of contemporary art. Support for this exhibition has been provided by Peter Boris and The Something Machine, Lisa Sette Gallery, Steven Zevitas Gallery, and Mandy and Jeff Lothner.

Related Events

Virtual Artist Panel: Forever Becoming

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 7 p.m. (MST/AZ)

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Press

Related Press Releases

‘Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists’ Opening This Fall at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art


Forever Becoming in the Press

Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists was featured in Southwest Contemporary, Oct. 5, 2021.

Scottsdale Progress interviewed curator Lauren R. O’Connell about Forever Becoming, Sept. 26, 2021.

KJZZ “The Show” interviewed curator Lauren R. O’Connell and artist Estephania González on September 20, 2021.

LUXE Interiors + Design included Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists in its “SCENE” section, September 2021 Issue. PDF.

Thrillist mentioned Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists in a roundup 9 Actually Fun Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend,” September 2021.

Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists mentioned in Phoenix New Times roundup “Phoenix Zine Fest is Going Virtual — Plus More Metro Phoenix Arts News,” August 2021.

Modern Luxury Scottsdale magazine included Forever Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists in a roundup of “4 Must-See Art Exhibits,” September 2021 issue.

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