United States

7374 East Second Street
Scottsdale , AZ
Phone: 480-994-ARTS

Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art, Arizona

Founded in 1999, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art [SMoCA] is the only museum in Arizona (USA)devoted to the art, architecture and design of our time. Global in its focus, the Museum is a unique and vital cultural resource for the Southwest, serving local audiences as well as visitors from throughout the United States and abroad. Designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, SMoCA’s minimalist building (an ingenious renovation of a former movie theater) has five galleries for showcasing changing exhibitions and works from the Museum’s growing permanent collection. SMoCA also features an outdoor sculpture garden housing James Turrell’s “Knight Rise,

Permanent Collection

SMoCA presents six-twelve exhibitions a year, depending on scale. We rotate exhibitions during the time periods of late August/early October; mid December/ early February and late April/early June. We have ca. three consolidated opening receptions annually, usually in October, in late January/early February and in late May/early June.

We present a balance of more historical exhibitions and cutting-edge contemporary art, of known names and exciting emerging artists on the cusp of today’s new ideas. Projects are often organized thematically to provide accessible points of entry to unfamiliar territory for the general public. The exhibition program includes ca. two installments annually in our ongoing exhibition series “southwestNET,

Previous Exhibitions

November 20, 1999 – August 13, 2000: KEITH HARING; December 17, 1999 - March 12, 2000: LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BLACK; February 11 - June 3, 2001: JAMES TURRELL: Infinite Light; October 7 - January 6, 2002: WOLFGANG LAIB: A Retrospective; September 7, 2002 - January 5, 2003: BEFORE, AFTER AND BEYOND SEPTEMBER 11: Photographs of the World Trade Center Site by Joel Meyerowitz;October 6, 2002 - January 19, 2003: HANS HOFMANN: Selections from the Berkeley Art Museum Collection; January 18 - April 27, 2003: ANSEL ADAMS: Classic Images; February 7 - May 11, 2003: LESLEY DILL: A Ten Year Survey; September 6 - December 7, 2003: IN RESPONSE TO PLACE: Photographs from The Nature Conservancy's Last Great Places; December 20, 2003 - May 2, 2004: ROBERT INDIANA: The Story of LOVE; January 10 - April 11, 2004: PHILIP C. CURTIS: Watercolors; May 15 - September 19, 2004: JIN SOO KIM: Twenty Years, 1983 - 2003; September 25, 2004 - January 2, 2005: JOSEF ALBERS: seeing in color; October 1, 2004 - January 2, 2005: SAMUEL MOCKBEE AND THE RURAL STUDIO: Community Architecture; October 2, 2004 - January 23, 2005: LET’S WALK WEST: Brad Kahlhamer; January 29 - April 24, 2005: STRANGELY FAMILIAR: Design in Everyday Life; September 17, 2005 – January 8, 2006: PAY ATTENTION: Bruce Nauman, videos from the collection of Barbara Balkin Cottle and Robert Cottle; January 14 – May 28, 2006: ANDY WARHOL’S DREAM AMERICA: screenprints from the collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation;January 21 – May 7, 2006: ABOVE AND BENEATH THE SKIN: Petah Coyne; June 9 – September 3, 2006: FLOR GARDUÑO: Inner Light; October 14, 2006-January 7, 2007 Thresho...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (5)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

"Celebrity" Jan 20-Apr 29, 2007; "Celebrating Freedom: The Art of Willie Birch" Jan 20-Apr 20, 2007; "Art Is An Idea: The Moquay Collection" Feb 10-May 27, 2007; "southwestNET: drawing" May 12-Sept 16, 2007; "Contemporary Scandinavian Art" [working title]May 12-Sept 2, 2007; "Modern(ist) Love: The Collection of Dorothy Lincoln-Smith & Harvey Smith" May 12-Sept 16, 2007; "Space is the Place" June 16-Sept 2, 2007.



$7 adults, $5 students, free for SMoCA members and children under 15

Opening hours

SUMMER HOURS: (June 9 - Sept 3)

Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Wednesday 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm*

Friday & Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm

REGULAR (Fall & Winter) HOURS:

Closed Mondays

Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm*

Friday, Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Members make the difference! Be a pART of the ARTS!

At the Scottsdale Cultural Council, the whole is the sum of great parts. Our members get it all: unique benefits exclusive to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and spectacular art found throughout the Valley thanks to the Scottsdale Public Art Program.

When you become a member of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, you support all of our divisions and our creative community. As a member, you demonstrate a shared commitment to our mission of 360° Arts. Most importantly, your membership contribution supports our thriving arts education and outreach program and ensures the future of the arts in our community.

Whether you share a passion for the performing arts or visual arts, the Scottsdale Cultural Council has it all, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Don’t hesitate to become part of our creative community. Don't hesitate to Become a pART of the ARTS! Join us today!


All members at the Solo level and above receive these great benefits, which are valid for the duration of membership(one year). (Teachers, students, and adults age 55 and over receive 10% off Solo and Duet level membership with valid ID)

Solo ($50)

One personalized membership
Advance notice of performances and events, with early ticket-buying opportunities
Free, unlimited admission to SMoCA plus two guest passes
10% discount to The Stores at SMoCA and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Free tickets to the Scottsdale Arts Festival
Discounts at over 20 local restaurants throughout the Valley
Discount to SMoCA Nights
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7374 East Second Street

Scottsdale , AZ

Phone: 480-994-ARTS