Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon: for $45, you get an annual duet-level membership from the Scottsdale Cultural Council (a $90 value), which grants members benefits at both the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
The duet membership grants a bevy of benefits at both participating organizations. Stuff literal and proverbial pockets with two membership cards to SMoCA; free unlimited admission to the museum; four museum guest passes; priority seating for two to performances at the Center for Performing Arts; discounts to tickets at the Center for Performing Arts; and discounts on select programs, workshops, and lectures. You'll also receive invitations to members-only events, subscriptions to the organizations' newsletters and calendars, 10% off in the Museum and Center stores, and two tickets to the Scottsdale Arts Festival. Best of all, members get to support the arts without having to hoist the arts up onto their shoulders while Hercules relaces his sandal straps.
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1999 with an eye to exhibit contemporary and modern art, architecture, and design. Current exhibits include work by local artists and donations from collectors that are much more interesting to gaze at than the giant soda-can collections of local hermit crabs. The Center for Performing Arts hosts performances of song, symphonics, dance, and more, such as the upcoming storytelling show, Stories by Heart, which is performed by Tony Award–winning actor John Lithgow, and the Arts Connect series Cuban Salsa Dancing.
Memberships must be activated within six months of purchase. Limit one per household.
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) won Best Free Art in Scottsdale in 2009 and Best Art Museum of 2002 from the Phoenix New Times. The Phoenix New Times also named the Knightrise skyspace installation at SMoCA as the Best Place to "Be" in 2008 and named The Store at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts as Best Place to Buy a Greeting Card in 2005. Frommer’s highly recommends the museum. Hello Phoenix featured the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, as well. AmericanStyle magazine ranked the Center's Scottsdale Arts Festival as one of the top ten in the country. Yelpers give the museum an average of four stars, and more than 2,000 Facebookers are fans.
- Scottsdale may be obsessed with art featuring lonesome cowboys and solemn Indians, but this boldly designed museum makes it clear that patrons of contemporary art are also welcome here. Cutting-edge art, from the abstract to the absurd, fills the galleries, with exhibits rotating every few months. – Frommer’s
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Nestled within 18,500 square feet and designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's quintet of galleries—formerly a cineplex's five theaters—have hosted changing and permanent exhibitions of art, architecture, and design since 1999. The outdoor sculpture garden features acclaimed pieces such as James Turrell's experiential Knight Rise skyspace and James Carpenter Design Associates' Scrim Wall. After viewing the art outside, visitors can return indoors to explore furnishings and jewelry in the shop or examine work by local youth in the young@art gallery. The museum's Visions Teen Program continues to nurture burgeoning talent, pairing teenagers with visual-art teachers and visiting artists. Adults can also enrich their artistic know-how at lectures and workshops until they are able to draw a perfect circle with a pencil still tucked behind their ear. The museum's lounge fosters artistic communities through events ranging from screenings of international art movies to art-making sessions.