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  • Carnival of Illusion

    Arizona Biltmore Resort
    2400 E Missouri Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85016
    Carnival of Illusion

    Carnival of Illusion is an evening of Old-World Magic in the style of classic entertainers such as Buster Keaton, Mae West, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Harry Houdini. The hosts have performed as house entertainers at the world's top resorts, Fortune 100 CEOs, to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America and operate the longest-running Arizona theater show. Carnival of Illusion is "Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La."

  • Cranes, Trains and Airplanes: Constructing Sky Harbor

    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Cranes, Trains and Airplanes: Constructing Sky Harbor

    It all began with a farm field and a dirt runway in 1928. No one could have imagined the tremendous growth that would come to Phoenix, and as a result to the airport. In fact, City planners thought the state-of-the-art Terminal 2 that opened in 1962 would be sufficient for airline traffic until the year 2000. However, Terminal 3 was built in 1979, and a little over a decade later, Terminal 4. Through the years, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport continued expanding, improving and keeping pace with travel demand. It even became one of the busiest airports in the nation. 

    This exhibition captures Sky Harbor’s development with images of its design and construction throughout the past 90 years. Creating airport control towers, terminals and the PHX Sky Train® are major undertakings. Their immensity is matched by a multitude of people that help materialize ideas, from architects, engineers and designers to builders, installers and fabricators.

  • Shaping Sound The Art of Guitar Making

    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Shaping Sound The Art of Guitar Making

    In our fast-paced, technological world of seemingly endless mass production, there are still some who desire to create with their hands. This is especially true for guitar players who design, build and repair their own instruments. The art of guitar-making, or Luthiery,allows skilled craftsman to turn raw materials into unique instruments.

    The Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, based in the heart of Phoenix, has supported aspiring guitar builders for over four decades. Students from around the globe come to attend North America’s oldest and only accredited guitar-making school. At Roberto-Venn, people that are passionate about music can learn the old-world craft of creating a guitar by hand.

    From selecting wood to finishing techniques, students learn every aspect of guitar construction. They discover how the design and assembly of each element affects how the guitar will play as well as the instruments visual aesthetic and artistry. By merging tradition with innovation and creativity, students at Roberto-Venn are shaping sound.

  • 100 Years, 100 Ranchers, Photographs by Scott Baxter

    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    100 Years, 100 Ranchers, Photographs by Scott Baxter

    Wide open landscapes dotted with grazing cattle and sheep herded by the rancher on horseback have become an iconic symbol of our western culture. For more than 100 years the ranching tradition has been an integral part of Arizona’s history and growth. In celebration of Arizona’s Centennial in 2012, Scott Baxter photographed 100 Arizona ranchers whose families have been ranching for a century or more.

    For more than 10 years Baxter has been traveling to ranches across the state, getting to know the individual ranchers and their operations. He chose to use large-format cameras, a traditional process which takes time and allowed him to engage his subjects in a personal manner. Using black and white film Baxter captures a sense of timelessness and directs the viewer’s full attention to the subject in the frame.

    The strength and independent nature of this unique group of Arizonans is apparent in their portraits. Baxter’s collection of photographs is a tribute to Arizona’s ranching legacy by preserving an important piece of Arizona character and history.

  • Intimate and Expansive Ceramic art by Tiffany C. Bailey

    3800 E Sky Harbor Blvd
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
    Intimate and Expansive Ceramic art by Tiffany C. Bailey

    Steep bluffs, fields of corn and herds of cows are some of the picturesque features ceramic artist Tiffany C. Bailey remembers about her hometown. Growing up in Southwestern Wisconsin, Bailey was raised in a rural community with an abundance of pastures, farmland and a population of only 300 people.

    After moving to Arizona to continue her ceramic studies, she revisited her memories of the architecture and topography near her childhood home. Now, in her artistic practice, she distills those elements into small-scale artworks to interpret a landscape that is both intimate and expansive.

    Bailey uses a slip-cast method to make her ceramic artwork. The process begins with a model that is either hand-sculpted or is a found object. From the model, a plaster mold is produced. Porcelain slip (liquefied clay) is poured into the mold, dried and then fired in a kiln. The plaster mold can be used repeatedly to replicate the form creating artworks in series. She embellishes the art object with ceramic stains, underglazes or graphite drawings, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces. 

  • Legacy of Landscapes: The Art and Archaeology of Perry Mesa

    3711 W Deer Valley Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85308
    Legacy of Landscapes: The Art and Archaeology of Perry Mesa

    Featuring the artistry of ASU alumnus photographer Pat Gorraiz, this exhibit explores the landscapes of Perry Mesa and the legacies left behind by the Ancestral People who lived there over a period of several hundred years.

    Archaeologists from Arizona State University and federal agencies began researching the mesa in the early 2000s, and that work continues today with School of Human Evolution and Social Change archaeologist David Abbott, retired National Forest Services archaeologist Scott Wood, and many others. Learn more about past research and publications.

  • Color in Play

    5005 E Camelback Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85018
    Color in Play

    A juried exhibition that features outdoor sculptures combining color and whimsy with a touch of sophistication!

  • The Timeless Landscape: Recent Gifts from the Papp Family

    Phoenix Art Museum
    1625 N. Central Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685
    The Timeless Landscape: Recent Gifts from the Papp Family

    Classical Chinese ink paintings traditionally focused on the beauty of the natural world, depicting insects, birds, flowers, and fruit, or trees, clouds, and mountains on paper or silk. Featuring gifts from The Papp Family Foundation, this exhibition showcases large hanging scrolls, horizontal scrolls, and album leaves distinguished by their structured ink brushstrokes and soft touches of color. Complementing these paintings are examples of classical Chinese ceramics donated by Gail and Stephen Rineberg.
     
    The Timeless Landscape: Recent Gifts from the Papp Family is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of The Papp Family Foundation, Gail and Stephen Rineberg, and donors to the Museum’s annual fund.
     

  • Guru Nanak: Founder of Sikhism

    Phoenix Art Museum
    1625 N. Central Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685
    Guru Nanak: Founder of Sikhism


    Guru Nanak (1469–1539) was the founder of Sikhism, and his concept of oneness includes spiritual, sociological, and humanitarian insights that have formed the cornerstone of Sikh writings and practices. Guru Nanak: Founder of Sikhism celebrates the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth and explores his fundamental beliefs through historical and contemporary images that tell stories of his life.
     

  • Agnes Pelton

    1625 N. Central Ave. Central Avenue and McDowell Road
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Agnes Pelton

    Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is the first survey on the obscure American painter in more than 24 years. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she began experimenting with abstraction in the early 1900s in New York, eventually exhibiting in the Armory Show of 1913 at the invitation of Walt Kuhn. She painted conventional desert landscapes to make a living, but it was her abstract studies of earth and light, biomorphic compositions of delicate veils, shimmering stars, and atmospheric horizon lines, that distinguished her work.

     
    A believer in numerology, astrology, and faith healing, Pelton’s abstract compositions propelled her into an esoteric world epitomized by the Transcendental Painting Group (1938-1942), a short-lived group that promoted abstract, non-objective art. Although Pelton received some attention during her lifetime, she has been relatively unknown within the field of American Art. Approximately 40 – 45 works will comprise this exhibition shedding light on Pelton’s artistic contribution to American Modernism.
  • Crickets, Tea, and Snuff: Chinese Intellectual Pursuits

    Phoenix Art Museum
    1625 N. Central Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685
    Crickets, Tea, and Snuff: Chinese Intellectual Pursuits

    In traditional China, the literati, or educated class, set the standards for aesthetic taste and leisurely pursuits, many of which are still practiced today. Through a diverse selection of objects, this exhibition introduces viewers to a number of these preferences and interests.

    Crickets were the ideal pet for members of the Chinese upper classes and imperial court because of their soothing sound and their ability to be transported in elegant, portable cages. Viewers will have the opportunity to examine various gourd cricket cages donated to the Museum by Amy S. Clague.

    The beverage of connoisseurs in China and still widely consumed today, tea is considered beneficial, stimulating the mind, cleansing the blood, and aiding in digestion. As a result, tea vessels hold a special significance. For centuries, the town of Yixing was known as the central producer of unglazed teawares, and a collection of Yixing teawares, donated to the Museum by James T. Bialac, is showcased in the exhibition.

    The practice of inhaling snuff, or aromatic tobacco ground into a fine powder, for a jolt of nicotine originated in the Americas but took hold in China during the 17th century. Made of stone, porcelain, lacquer, and other materials, snuff bottles were symbols of status, wealth, and taste in China. The exhibition features a selection of Chinese snuff bottles, donated to the Museum by Deborah G. Carstens.

  • Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River

    300 S Chandler Village Dr
    Chandler, AZ 85226
    Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River

    During World War II over 16,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from the west coast to Gila River Internment Camp, near Chandler, simply because they looked like the enemy. This poignant exhibit demonstrates how the Japanese value gaman, enduring the seemingly impossible with patience and dignity, guided these American citizens, through loss and incarceration in the Arizona desert.  See the photos, hear the stories, read the names of incarcerees, and view the community contributed paper cranes in this transformative exhibition. 

  • Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated

    ASU Art Museum
    51 E. 10th St.
    Tempe, AZ 85281
    Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated

    "Particle and Wave" is a groundbreaking exhibition of 45 works created by international artists who incorporate paper pulp and organic fibers into their clay bodies, with the result of increased strength and lighter weight. The exhibition showcases a wide range of visual forms, which would not be possible with traditional methods, as the artists utilize this technique to express contemporary social and cultural ideas.

  • Change Agent: June Wayne and the Tamarind Workshop

    ASU Art Museum
    51 E. 10th St.
    Tempe, AZ 85281
    Change Agent: June Wayne and the Tamarind Workshop

    “Change Agent” highlights June Wayne’s legacy as an artist, printmaker, educator and activist. Wayne refused to follow a signature style, taking on a variety of themes such as personal history, modern science and social issues. In the Dorothy Series, she narrates the life of her mother, a Russian Jewish immigrant and traveling saleswoman for a garter company. In the Stellar Winds and Solar Flares Series, she mines natural phenomena as metaphors for the human condition.

    Wayne was a catalyst for the revival of fine art lithography in the United States, a medium which had all but vanished by the 1950s. She championed lithography as an art form as vital as painting after studying the technique in Paris with the printer Marcel Durassier.  With a grant from the Ford Foundation, Wayne founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960. The experimental workshop created a pool of printers and apprentices, as artists from across the country were invited to master the process of lithography. Now known as the Tamarind Institute of the University of New Mexico, it continues Wayne’s visionary plan as a major training center for fine art printers. 

  • Sister Act

    7701 W. Paradise Lane
    Peoria, AZ 85382
    Sister Act

    No booze? No sex? No drugs?… No way!

    The mob is after Deloris. The solution? Hide as a nun in a traditional convent! Here Within These Walls, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Deloris breathes new life into the church and community (Take Me to Heaven), but blows her cover. How is this Sister Act going to save her? A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

  • GRACE VANDERWAAL - UR SO BEAUTIFUL TOUR

    The Van Buren
    401 W. Van Buren St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85003
    GRACE VANDERWAAL - UR SO BEAUTIFUL TOUR

    Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, model, philanthropist, high school freshman—Grace VanderWaal contains incredible multitudes. Following the release of her best-selling EP, Perfectly Imperfect, and full-length album, Just The Beginning, the America’s Got Talent winner is back with new music for 2019. Described as a “mature songwriter” and “pop natural” by The New York Times, VanderWaal’s new song, “Stray,” debuts a moody, searching sound that’s a departure from her signature airy ukulele riffs while considering “the exhilarating fear and freedom of growing up” with all the introspection and vulnerability that have become hallmarks of her songwriting. Always evolving and keen on expanding her artistry, VanderWaal recently tackled the title role of Stargirl, a film adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s best-selling young adult novel set to debut in 2020. Meanwhile, she’s currently attending school in her hometown and looking forward to prom. As VanderWaal puts it: “Being on stage and being at school, it's just two different parts of my personality.”

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