When the summer heats up, keep it cool at these Phoenix art exhibitions, events and performances.




Mesmerica 360: A Visual Music Journey

Aug., 4, 9. 17 & 24

Mesmerica 360: A Visual Music Journey

Mesmerica is a 360-degree immersive art and music cinema experience that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist, James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world to create an immersive, transcendent experience designed to soothe the mind and stimulate the senses.

Arizona Science Center, Dorrance Planetarium
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
(602) 716-2000


Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology

June 8-October 6

SMOCA Mutual Reality

This exhibition presents the multiple ways in which we, as users, interact with an artwork and the response or output the artwork provides in return. These interactions are meant to get the viewer thinking not only about the traces we leave behind, but the effects we have on technology.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. Second Street Scottsdale
(480) 874-4666


Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist

Through September 8

Agnes Pelton Desert Transcendentalist

Pelton painted conventional desert landscapes to make a living, but it was her abstract studies of earth and light, biomorphic compositions of delicate veils, shimmering stars, and atmospheric horizon lines, that distinguished her work. Approximately 40 – 45 works will comprise this exhibition shedding light on Pelton’s artistic contribution to American Modernism.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix
(602) 257-1880


Mummies of the World

Through September 12

Mummies of the World

The Arizona Science Center invites you to get face-to-linen-cloth at this can't-miss special exhibition. The largest collection of mummies ever assembled line the museum, with over 40 real human and animal mummies, 85 rare artifacts from across the globe and state-of-the-art multimedia stations to enhance the experience.

Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
(602) 716-2000


Wonderspaces: Point of View

Through Sept. 15 (Fall Exhibit opens mid-October)

Wonderspaces Point of View

In Point of View, 13 artists explore how new perspectives expand our concept of the world. Through their art, they play with the definition of perspective, flip its rules, and present abstract and literal forms. Though the methods and media are all different, each artwork opens us up to the views of others.

Scottsdale Fashion Square (Located near the food court)
7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale


Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles

Explore the Navajo culture, individualism and flair for experimentation in textiles from the last quarter of the 19th century.  Featuring more than 80 Navajo textiles from prominent private collections, you'll see how innovation and individualism became a hallmark of Navajo design. 

Heard Museum
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix
(602) 252-8840


At the Doors of Perception

May 5-August 25

Lisa Sette Gallery

Employing various mediums to present artworks as methods to escape the confines of the  self-conscious brain, this unique exhibit aims to access radical aesthetic and psychic transformation in worlds beyond the sublunary.

Lisa Sette Gallery
210 East Catalina Drive, Phoenix
(480) 990-7342





Special Events at the Musical Instrument Museum

Experience India at MIM

Take in the sights and sounds of different regions and celebrate iconic performers at MIM's weekend-long, family-friendly events.

May 11-12: Experience Polynesia

June 22-23: Musical Icons: Johnny Cash and June Carter

July 13-14: Experience France

August 10-11: Musical Icon: Elvis

August 31-September 1: Experience India

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix
(480) 478-6000


Free Family Sunday at Phoenix Art Museum

Second Sunday of each month

Got a kid that loves art? Then they'll love scavenger hunts and story time in the Phoenix Art Museum (and you'll love the free general admission the museum's galleries and exhibits). The second Sunday of each month features themed hands-on activities, live performances and opportunities to learn from artists themselves.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
(602) 257-1880


First Fridays Art Walk

June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6

First Friday

The streets of Downtown Phoenix fill with thousands of art enthusiasts, culture-lovers and those seeking to quench their thirst at a local watering hole on the first Friday of each month. Join in for a self-guided art gallery and studio tour (by foot or by free trolley) with the map available on Artlink’s website



See our events calendar for a variety of performances taking place throughout the summer.