AZ Big Media Men’s Arts Council funds Japanese artist M.

Phoenix Art Museum was recently surprised with a check for $175,000 from Men’s Art Councila nonprofit member organization of Valley philanthropists dedicated to supporting the museum’s community outreach initiatives through annual contributions. MR: You can hear the song of this townthe museum’s next exhibition featuring Japanese artist Mr., will be the first of many to benefit from this generous donation.

“This donation to the Phoenix Art Museum is the latest example of the long-standing relationship between our organizations and will enable the museum to provide unique, high-quality exhibits to the community,” said Joel Coen, president of the Men’s Arts Council.

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Mr. will be presented on Friday, November 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., headlining the Phoenix Art Museum First Friday in November Party. The exhibition explores the lively, chaotic, manga-inspired world of one of today’s most popular Japanese artists. MR: You Can Hear This Town’s Song is the first American solo exhibition in more than five years to exclusively showcase the imaginative and visually complex works of contemporary Japanese artist M. A self-proclaimed member of the otaku subculture – characterized through an obsessive interest in anime, manga, and seclusion in virtual fantasy worlds – M. creates feverish graffiti-inspired paintings and sculptures, installations, and cartoon-like video works that combine high and low culture to examine themes of desire, fantasy, and trauma within Japanese society and among social media-obsessed global audiences.

“We are very grateful to the Men’s Arts Council for their continued support of the museum’s exhibitions,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, Director and CEO of Sybil Harrington of the Phoenix Art Museum. “For more than 55 years, the generosity of the MAC has helped bring art from around the world to engage audiences in Arizona. With its support of Mr: You Can Hear This Town’s Song and the free first Friday opening celebration of the exhibition, the MAC is ensuring that community members and visitors are exposed to the works of the exhibition. one of Japan’s most popular living artists. »

Many exhibitions at the Phoenix Art Museum are generously funded by the Men’s Arts Council (MAC), which was founded in 1967 to support museum programs and activities. The MAC can support the museum in many ways through the efforts of its more than 200 members. The funds provided for this $175,000 donation were raised through recent MAC events, including the Copperstate 1000Lost Negatives of Rock & Roll, and the Copperstate Overland.

The Friday night Mr. First event will include free admission to the Phoenix Art Museum, drinks and food trucks, live music, arts engagement activities, and more. Details will be posted on and the Museum’s social media as they become available. Mr.: You Can Hear the Song of This Town takes place from November 2022 to March 2023.

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