Last week, “Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City is Nature” opened at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to a wonderful turn out. The private opening included a tour with the Director and Chief Curator of the Museum, Sara Cochran which finished up at the Soleri exhibit right as the public reception began. Here you can see one of the scroll drawings on display. It was explained that the curator chose to display the scrolls in tilted display cases with little stools to give the audience the feeling of sitting at a drafting table similar to how these drawings may have created by Soleri.

The exhibit includes a beautiful display of bridge designs. Claire Carter, the curator of the retrospective, took time to search through the archives department here, aided by Sue Kirsch and a team of hard working Arcosanti residents, to pair these bridge designs with corresponding sketches and designs on paper.

Designs of other arcologies on paper and plexiglass models are light from beneath giving them a futuristic ambiance.

There are also many ceramic and bronze bells on display among other beautiful pieces that the audience marveled over. The exhibit is on display at SMoCA from now until January 28, 2018. For more information about the show and the museum, visit

(photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Shannon Mackenzie)

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