Each summer, the Sonoran Desert braces for a wave of seasonal monsoons that bring howling winds, flash floods, the occasional hail storm, and—most importantly—much-needed rain. The storms remind us of the power of nature to both destroy and give life. Thunder shakes our homes, lightning splits the sky, water pours down in sheets, and after? The heat breaks, and the desert explodes with life—flush with verdant greens and the crimsons, golds, and purples of summer blooms.
Explore these artworks from across our collections that showcase the beauty and drama of storms in various landscapes, including the Sonoran Desert, and as you scroll, tune into a PhxArt playlist inspired by the fury, electricity, rhythms, and cleansing power of summer monsoons.
Kogyo Tsukioka, Scene from Ukai (The Cormorant Fisher), from the series One Hundred Noh Plays (Imagen de Ukai [The Cormorant Fisher], de la serie Cien dramas noh), 1922-1925. Woodblock print on paper. Gift of Sherri Beadles and Gene Koeneman in honor of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary.
Scene from Ukai (The Cormorant Fisher), from the series One Hundred Noh Plays (1922-1925) by Kogyo Tsukioka