In Our Time / Phillip K. Smith III: Three Parallels

In Our Time / Phillip K. Smith III: Three Parallels

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)

Left: Amoako Boafo, Kofi, 2019. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California.  Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Right: Phillip K. Smith III, 10 Columns, 2019. Aluminum, glass, LED lighting, electronic components, unique color program. Courtesy of the artist and Bridge Projects. Photo: Lance Gerber.

October 14, 2022
In Our Time
Selections from the Singer Collection
October 1, 2022–February 12, 2023
Phillip K. Smith III
Three Parallels
October 29, 2022–August 6, 2023
Fall opening celebration: October 28, 6–8pm, with music by Arizona Music Force, bar, and food by Dilla Libre
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
7374 E 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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In Our Time: Selections from the Singer Collection
October 1, 2022–February 12, 2023

Borrowing from the collection of Iris and Adam Singer, In Our Time takes a focused look at 40 works by 27 global contemporary artists. The exhibition is anchored by the work of leading global contemporary artists living and working in cities such as London, Beijing, New York, New Haven, Los Angeles, Accra, and Nairobi. With an immediacy that speaks to the moment, this group of 27 artists are presenting narratives and exploring key themes, concerns, and ideas, both personal and ubiquitous. This selection of 40 paintings and works on paper includes a range of styles and approaches, and careers from emerging to established.   

The exhibition deconstructs the use of narrative, figuration, and abstraction in artworks by Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Patrick Alston, Hurvin Anderson, Francis Annan Affotey, Michael Armitage, Amoako Boafo, Mark Bradford, Dominic Chambers, Jadé Fadojutimi, Derek Fordjour, Alex Gardner, Rashid Johnson, Rachel Jones, Danielle McKinney, Wangechi Mutu, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Chris Ofili, Naudline Pierre, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Betye Saar, Tschabalala Self, Vaughn Spann, Genesis Tramaine, Zandile Tshabalala, Kehinde Wiley, and Michaela Yearwood-Dan. 

Organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and guest-curated by Allison Glenn, senior curator, New York’s Public Art Fund. Support provided by Signature Partner Charles Schwab and Supporting Partners Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management and Valdes Group of Merrill Private Wealth. 

Phillip K. Smith III: Three Parallels
October 29, 2022–August 6, 2023

Based in the Southern California desert, Phillip K. Smith III creates light-based work focused on form, color, space, the environment and change. Often associated with the Light and Space movement that began in Southern California in the 1960s, Smith’s work transforms, expands, and compresses space through his use of shifting color, varying translucency, reflection, and an ongoing experimentation of materials and technology. Three Parallels comprises three monolithic, mirrored volumes that merge light and reflection to create an infinite space for color.  

As a trained architect and practicing artist, Smith is well versed in both worlds. While his work is predominantly based in object-making, it also seamlessly incorporates the environment. Through an invisible use of technology, the gallery projects a future in which our lives have a more symbiotic relationship with the digital realm. The programmed color changes quietly affect the viewer’s relationship to the surrounding architecture. In this new and evolving surrounding, visitors navigate around large mirrors that reflect and project infinite light and shadow. 

Organized by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Jennifer McCabe, director and chief curator. Support provided by Presenting Sponsor Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation and Supporting Sponsors Louise Roman and Will Bruder.  

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October 14, 2022

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