ArtExhibitionsMoonage Virtual Reality
Special Installation

Moonage Virtual Reality

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - Saturday, October 6, 2018 Located in the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery

For the first time ever at Phoenix Art Museum, guests have the opportunity to experience photography and video in a whole new dimension. Using an ordinary smartphone inserted into a virtual-reality headset, guests will be able to explore the simulated environments of Moonage Virtual Reality simply by moving their heads.

Moonage takes viewers on a simulated journey through rock-and-roll fashion and culture, as well as Pop Art, thanks to three virtual-reality films by filmmaker Travis Hutchison: Billy Name’s The Warhol Silver FactoryMick Rock’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern.

The suite of films in the cutting-edge exhibition celebrates the music, fashion, and style of three legendary figures: Andy Warhol, who helped define the Pop Art movement of the late 1960s; David Bowie, whose glam-rock music transformed pop culture in the early ’70s; and Kenny Scharf, whose psychedelic art influenced the ‘80s underground New York art scene.

The Warhol Silver Factory

Billy Name’s The Warhol Silver Factory

Discover Andy Warhol’s studio, otherwise known as the Silver Factory, through iconic images by famed Warhol photographer Billy Name, and see the glamour of the Warhol sixties and its Superstars come to life in this stereoscopic film.


Travis Hutchison, The Warhol Silver Factory with Billy Name, 2017. 360° stereoscopic mp4. Courtesy of the artist.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Mick Rock’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Immerse yourself in a dreamlike, 360° glam-rock kaleidoscope of David Bowie’s 1972 Ziggy Stardust tour through Mick Rock’s stunning catalog of photographs and videos of the Starman’s live performances, outrageous costumes, and more.


Travis Hutchison, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust with Mick Rock, 2017. 360° stereoscopic mp4. Courtesy of the artist.

Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern

Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern

Experience the day-glo, Pop-Surrealist universe of visual artist Kenny Scharf. Scharf’s characteristic cartoon imagery, graffiti tags, and dreamy futuristic environments come to life under the fluorescent black lights of New York night clubs in this party environment-turned-art installation-turned virtual, psychedelic experience.

Moonage Virtual Reality is on view from August 11 until September 30, 2018. This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.


Travis Hutchison, Kenny Scharf: Cosmic Cavern, 2017. 360° stereoscopic mp4. Courtesy of the artist


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