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Group Exhibition

Viewpoints: How We Understand Art

This exhibition invites you to explore the Viewpoints you tend to use to learn about yourself, to consider other Viewpoints, and, perhaps, to open a conversation with another person about the art they enjoy and value. 

Oct 29, 2020 - Feb 21, 2021

Exhibition Overview

Isn’t it interesting how the same artwork can yield a wide range of responses from different viewers? Viewpoints is a theory about aesthetic development that defines five ways people view art. Depending on a person’s experiences, art exposure, and art education, they are likely to favor one or two of the five Viewpoints. A person who has reached the highest levels of art understanding can use all five viewpoints, but someone without this background has a more limited palette of viewpoints available to them.  

This exhibition invites you to explore the Viewpoints you tend to use to learn about yourself, to consider other Viewpoints, and, perhaps, to open a conversation with another person about the art they enjoy and value. 

All five Viewpoints are valid, yet each focuses attention on different qualities. Some artworks seem to appeal to or call for one Viewpoint over others. The Viewpoints we use depend upon the life, cultural, and artistic experiences we bring with us. As we encounter artworks and give them focused attention, we can broaden the range of artworks we appreciate and deepen our understanding of them.  

Featured artists include: Merryn Alaka, Susan Beiner, Antoinette Cauley, Aaron Coleman, Tom Eckert, Fausto Fernandez, Mary Hood, Siri Devi Khanavilli, Christine Lee, Stephen Marc, John Randall Nelson, Mark Pomilio, Dean Reynolds, Henry Schoebel, Diane Silver, Forrest Solis, and Papay Solomon.

Organized by: Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation 

Co-curated by: Laura Hales, curator of learning & innovation, and Mary Erickson, PhD 

Join us for a virtual reception on November 20!

Credit: Viewpoints Activity icons designed by Larry Yanez

Virtual Viewing

Hours of operation:

Center Space gallery and the ArtReach Space

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Also open during evening performances

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