• Kerry Tribe, The Last Soviet (stills), 2010. Single-channel color digital video projection with sound; 10 min., 44 sec., dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and 1301PE, Los Angeles. © Kerry Tribe

    Prologue: Covert Operations

    Sep 2 – Sep 22, 2014

  • Jenny Holzer, Ribs, 2010. Eleven LED signs with blue, red and white diodes, text: US government documents, 58 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches each. Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York. © 2010 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

    Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns

    Sep 28 – Jan 11, 2015

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    Spy Studio

    Sep 23 – Jan 18, 2015

  • Artist James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek) stands in front of SMoCA's outer courtyard wall mural titled "Radiate" 2014, co-commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art. Image copyright Sean Deckert / Calnicean Projects.

    Wall murals by James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek)

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A Special Lit Lounge at Crescent Ballroom

Sep 25|7:00p| Ticketed

Lit Lounge has been named “Best Spoken Word Series” by the Phoenix New Times and “Best Literary Event” by The Arizona Republic! The event is SMoCA’s award-winning, highly-charged story-performing series where…


Opening Reception & Book Release for Covert Operations

Sep 27|7:00p| Free

You are invited to the debut of Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns — SMoCA’s ambitious sole fall exhibition set to launch during a free, public Opening on Sept. 27…


Dinner with a Spy

Oct 8|5:30p| Ticketed

Share a clandestine meal with a real spy! Interrogate former C.I.A operatives about their exciting and often dangerous lives. The evening begins with martinis (shaken, not stirred) and a private…

Curator of Contemporary Art Emily Stamey standing next to artist James Marshall's wall mural. Photo courtesy of Sean Deckert / Calnicean Projects.

Back to School: Curator Emily Stamey on artist Roger Shimomura

Oct 2|7:00p| Free

The Museum’s September “Back to School”series will have you watching SMoCA staff members as they reflect back on their past doctoral dissertations and think about how it influenced the way they see…

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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A view of SMoCA Lounge designed by artist James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek). Photo copyright Sean Deckert / Calnicean Projects
SMoCA Lounge redesigned by artist James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek). Photo copyright Sean Deckert / Calnicean Projects

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