The ASU Art Museum relaunched its downtown museum Project Space to show off its new signage and announce plans for the future.
The event, held during First Friday, featured a raffle and DJ outside with an exhibit inside featuring work from one of the museum’s residency artists.
Project Space is the face of the school’s artists-in-residency program, where artists from across the world are invited to live at Project Space in the heart of downtown Phoenix and work on collaborative art projects.
“We wanted to become more integrated into the downtown community,” ASU Museum curatorial coordinator Brittany Corrales said. “We wanted to be open more and have more visible presence in the art scene here.”
Julio Morales, curator of Project Space, said he is excited for the future and the upcoming changes, which will include new programs in addition to the residency program.
“I wanted to treat this place special and highlight it with artists that are coming to visit and do special projects here,” Morales said. “We are also going to have local artist talks and more international artists collaborate with local artists.”
The featured exhibit was from Puerto Rican artist Sofía Córdova. The exhibit was titled “Where Thieves Go After Death,” inspired by a Ursala K. Le Guin quote about a desert planet.
Córdova came to Arizona to be a part of the ASU Museum residency program and was inspired by the desert landscape here. She was also surprised at the physical toll the desert took on her body.
“I started working on this video … about (Arizona) history but it became kind of a metafiction because I couldn’t escape my own physical discomfort,” Córdova said.
Córdova began her residency with an idea to do a work relative to an ongoing series she has been working on the past few years. She describes her work as centering around “this theme of science fiction as a way to propose alternative histories focusing on marginalized folks.”
While consistently choosing to not put herself directly into her works, Córdova struggled for the first time trying not to insert herself into this project after a hurricane struck her home island.
“It details my research it details my experiences but it also starts to detail my falling apart and coming back together through this work,” Córdova said.
Project Space is open Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact the reporter at Olivia.Richards@asu.edu.