We are finding that many people are using the new light rail line for cool, fun and recreational activities. Soon, we will be adding a "calendar of events" page on the site to try and keep up with many of the local events. For now, I'll add as I get a chance…
My friend Diane Wallace at the ASU Art Museum does a great job telling people about the hidden treasure that is this free, public museum on the ASU campus. I first met Diane through a promotion that Rail Life does with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and quickly learned a lot of really cool things about a Tempe Museum that has a lot to offer to the general public. I also recently learned that the ASU Art Museum was named "the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona" by Art in America magazine and is part of the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University. The museum is located on the corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe and admission is free. Click here to learn more about the museum and its programs or call 480-965-2787.
Diane recently told me about a great new premiere coming to the museum so I wanted to share it as a fun "Mill Avenue Day Trip." Take the light rail to third and Mill, check out a good restaurant and enjoy the museum!
Event: U.S. Premiere – Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba: Breathing is Free 12,756.3
Time: Saturday 24 January, Start Time: 11:00 AM
Location: ASU Art Museum, Tenth Street and Mill Avenue
January 24 – April 26, 2009 BREATHING IS FREE 12,756.3: New Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba U.S. PREMIERE! Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, is well known on the international art circuit for his striking video installations. This exhibition presents new work, and examines his abiding interest in globalization and the balance between tradition and change as we forge our future. Co-organized with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, each venue will host the on-going piece, Breathing is Free, in which the artist is running the diameter of the earth (12,756.3) in cities of the world at different times. Breathing is Free is a virtual earth drawing, exhibited as an installation, illustrating the movement of populations around the world. The ASU Art Museum exhibition is the U.S. premiere of the Breathing is Free performance and installation. Jun will be arriving in Phoenix the week of January 19 to install the exhibition and scout locations for the run, which will take place Spring 2009. The artist's physical runs, when mapped out, create a pattern that fits with his feeling and thinking about the physical location. The run is therefore very strategically planned and requires much forethought. The exhibition inside the Museum will include footage of both his films and previous runs as well as photography, maps and other projects. Breathing is Free: New Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba is an ASU Art Museum Moving Targets initiative.
I hope to see you at the premiere! If you can't make the premiere, be sure to check out the museum soon! Remember, "Your Life Is On The Line!"