Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is the exciting visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center. In five stunning galleries, MCAM showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. MCAM also offers lectures by significant artists and arts professionals, art workshops, and a volunteer docent program.
• Sept. 9 - Nov. 27, 2016 ~ Worldwide Wanderings – by Béatrice Coron
Béatrice Coron, who was born in France and now lives in New York City, is an internationally recognized papercutting artist. She is known for her fanciful, silhouette narratives, which are cut from a single sheet of Tyvek. WordWide Wanderings features Coron’s literature inspired works and book forms. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a 9-yard scroll based on Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities and Daily Battles, a 6-minute 3-D video that uses imagery from classic heroic tales as metaphors for everyday life.
• Sept. 9 - Jan. 8, 2017 ~ The Footnote Chronicles – by Corinne Geertsen
Corinne Geertsen is a digital artist from Mesa, Arizona who draws from her amassed collection of over 37,000 photographs. Merging technologies that are a hundred years apart, her works are a unique mix of historical photographs and new media. Her whimsical narratives span the psychological, the surreal and the humorous. The “footnotes” in the show's title refers to the short fictions based on her works that have been contributed by writers from around the world.
• Sept. 9 - Jan. 15, 2017 ~ Paradise Lost – by Daniel Martin Diaz
Featuring the celebrated Tucson artist Daniel Martin Diaz, Paradise Lost is Diaz’s visual interpretation inspired by John Milton’s epic poem of the same name. This new series is comprised of ten drawings that allegorically illustrate the “Fall of Man” and “War in Heaven” in contemporary times. Diaz derives his “Old World” style and mystical imagery from a variety of sources, including Byzantine iconography, retablos, ex votos, the Illuminati, ephemera, alchemy, scientific diagrams, and 16th century anatomical engravings.
• Sept. 9 - Jan. 22, 2017 ~ Off the Page - Contemporary Art Influenced by Literature
Books have always served as a gateway to the imagination, and the stories they tell have become fruitful material for artists throughout the ages. Today, classic tales are often retold through the movies and television, reaching broader audiences beyond Kindle and the traditional book medium. Off the Page looks at the influences literature continues to have on contemporary art and interconnected nature of visual, oral and written storytelling.
• Sept. 9 - Jan. 22, 2017 ~ Disillusioned – by Dina Goldstein
Born in Israel, Dina Goldstein is a photographer and Pop Surrealist artist living in Vancouver, Canada. She gained international acclaim for her metaphorical and ironical photographs that comment on taboo social subjects. Disillusioned features select pieces from Goldstein’s two most prominent series: Fallen Princesses and Gods of Suburbia. The Fallen Princesses series challenges the “happily ever after” fallacy often perpetuated by childhood fairytales, revealing the pragmatic realities of life. Gods of Suburbia, her most recent series, analyzes religious faith within the modern context of technology, science and secularism.