Press Release

March 9, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) will present a moderated conversation with prolific musician, writer, journalist, actor and activist Henry Rollins on Thursday, March 30, at 6 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts.

The legendary front man in the 1980s for the West Coast punk band Black Flag, Rollins is known for his outspoken and shrewd commentary on social justice and equality. He has written a variety of books and has had a successful career in film and television. He also is known for his spoken-word style that merges stand-up comedy and personal commentary about his escapades in life and music. He hosts a weekly radio show in Los Angeles on KCRW 89.9 FM radio and writes for LA Weekly, often with a critical eye toward the national political scene, as well as the causes he champions, such as LGBTQ rights, World Hunger Relief, the West Memphis Three and ways to end war.

The evening with Rollins is part of the Museum’s ongoing Out@SMoCA series, which celebrates Arizona’s vibrant LGBTQ community and its support of contemporary art in Scottsdale. Five signed copies of Rollins’ 2001 book, Occupants, will be raffled at the event to benefit the Phoenix Pride Scholarship Fund. The book combines Rollins’ photography from around the world with his writing about the political and social contexts of his photographs.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for Scottsdale Arts members) through or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Out@SMoCA is presented in partnership with the City of Scottsdale Office of Diversity, Scottsdale Human Relations Committee and media partner Echo Magazine.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located behind SMoCA on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

Founded in 1999, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) explores the best of contemporary art, architecture and design. Global in its focus, the Museum is a unique and vital cultural resource for the Southwest, serving local audiences as well as visitors from the United States and abroad. Designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, SMoCA’s minimalist building (an ingenious renovation of a former movie theater) has four galleries for showcasing changing exhibitions and works from the Museum’s collection, along with SMoCA Lounge, a living, functional art installation and space for community engagement. The Museum presents a wide variety of educational programs and special events for adults and families, including lectures, readings, performances, docent-led tours, workshops and classes. SMoCA also features an outdoor sculpture garden housing James Turrell’s Knight Rise, one of the renowned artist’s public skyspaces, and Scrim Wall, a monumental curtain of translucent glass panels by James Carpenter Design Associates. The Museum’s retail store, Shop@SMoCA, offers classic design objects and furnishings, contemporary jewelry, art and architecture books, and imaginative gifts for all occasions.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Arts is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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