Press RoomPhoenix Art Museum announces new and extended exhibitions, updates visitor policies in preparation for October re-opening

Phoenix Art Museum announces new and extended exhibitions, updates visitor policies in preparation for October re-opening

Sep, 17, 2020

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Phoenix Art Museum announces new and extended exhibitions, updates visitor policies in preparation for October re-opening

The Museum will re-open to Members on October 1 and the general public on October 14; new exhibitions to feature contemporary Latin American and Latinx art

PHOENIX (September 17, 2020) – Phoenix Art Museum will re-open to Members on October 1 and to the general public on October 14 with comprehensive safety procedures developed in line with recommendations from federal and state public-health officials. The Museum has extended popular exhibitions such as Ansel Adams: Performing the Print and India: Fashion’s Muse and will premiere new exhibitions, including Stories of Abstraction: Contemporary Latin American Art in the Global Context and Teresita Fernández: Elemental, the presentation of which was delayed due to the Museum’s closure necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Museum’s on-site store and restaurant will also re-open in a limited capacity, while in-person events and tours remain suspended until further notice.

“After nearly seven months, Phoenix Art Museum is ready and excited to welcome back Museum Members and the Valley community,” said Tim Rodgers, PhD, the Museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and CEO, who began in the role July 1. “During this time of uncertainty and increased social isolation, art can offer much-needed inspiration, joy, and connection. When visitors come back to see us again for the first time, our vibrant, newly installed galleries will feature exhibitions that explore a diversity of thought and experience through outstanding displays of Latin American and Latinx art, special installations showcasing ancient Asian burial artifacts and Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, and old favorites like the work of Arizona artist Philip C. Curtis. This is a momentous occasion in the history of the Museum, and we are eager to continue serving our community during the time of COVID-19 by offering valuable and safety-conscious opportunities to enjoy art from around the world.”

Effective October 1, Phoenix Art Museum will be open five days a week with updated hours, providing exclusive access to Members for two weeks before opening to the general public on October 14. The Museum will also implement a 600-person cap on the number of guests permitted into the Museum each day and will offer visiting periods exclusive to seniors. Additional safety measures include continuous disinfecting and cleaning practices and required masks for both staff and visitors. Guests are also encouraged to purchase their tickets to the Museum in advance of visiting to ensure a low-touch experience; if paying on-site, visitors must use a debit or credit card, as the Museum will not be accepting cash upon re-opening. Tickets for the general public will be available for purchase on October 1 at Members will not be required to reserve tickets in advance of their visit but will be required to present their Membership ID cards upon arrival at the admissions desk. For more information on what community members can expect during their visit to the Museum, click here. These procedures are subject to change based on recommendations from state and municipal public-health officials.

The Museum Store and Palette Restaurant will also re-open in a limited capacity on October 1, while the Museum’s Lemon Art Research Library will remain closed until further notice. All in-person Museum events, tours, and programs will additionally remain suspended until further notice. The Museum will continue to offer virtual events and opportunities for engagement, including biweekly, themed Virtual Visit emails featuring artworks from across the institution’s collection areas.

Beginning October 1 for Members and October 14 for the general public, every gallery in the Museum will be open, the majority of which will feature new exhibitions and special installations. Guests exploring commonly visited spaces in the Museum, including Greenbaum Lobby, Morrell Promenade, Rineberg Gallery, Lyon Gallery, and Cummings Great Hall, will also see a range of objects on view from the Museum’s Latin American, Asian, modern, and contemporary art collections that were hand-selected by Rodgers, the Museum’s new Sybil Harrington Director and CEO. Along with these works, visitors will enjoy the following exhibitions and special installations:

Stories of Abstraction: Contemporary Latin American Art in the Global Context

Featuring rarely seen artworks by some of Latin America’s most innovative contemporary artists

Teresita Fernández: Elemental

Featuring large-scale sculptures and immersive installations that reinterpret the relationships between nature, history, and identity

India: Fashion’s Muse

Exploring western fashion’s centuries-long love affair with the riches of India

Ansel Adams: Performing the Print

Drawn from the Ansel Adams Archive at the Center for Creative Photography and featuring prints by the 20th-century’s foremost American photographer

Selections from the Schorr Collection

Featuring works from one of the most important collections of Old Master and 19th-century paintings in the world

Seeking Immortality: Ancient Artifacts

Featuring ceramics and other burial objects from China, Japan, and Korea

Colors of Sky and Clouds: Chinese Blue-and-White Porcelain

Featuring porcelain objects with illustrations of natural landscapes and narrative scenes from Chinese literature

Mountains and Rivers, Flowers and Birds: Gifts from the Papp Family Collection

Featuring classical Chinese ink paintings, including hanging and horizontal scrolls, albums, and fans

Clay and Bamboo: Japanese Ceramics and Flower Baskets

Featuring an array of modern Ikebana ceramics and basketry

Guru Nanak: 550th Birth Anniversary of Sikhism’s Founder

Exploring the life and teachings of the First Sikh Guru

Emily Eden: Portraits of the Princes and Peoples of India

Offering a view of 19th-century India through the eyes of British novelist and artist Emily Eden

Sweet Land of Funk

Featuring examples of Funk art, Abstract Expressionism, Bay Area Figuration, and Dude Ranch Dada

Joseph Cornell: Things Unseen

Exploring surrealist concepts of memories, fantasies, dreams, and non-linear time

Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona

Featuring magical realist landscapes by the beloved Arizona artist

American Scenes/Americas Seen

Featuring artworks by Diego Rivera, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Alice Trumbull Mason, and other celebrated muralists and abstract artists

American Abstraction During the Thirties and Forties

Featuring American abstract paintings created during the Great Depression through World War II

Still Life: Ordinary Pleasures

Featuring works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Helen Torr, and others

Sublime Landscapes

Featuring scenic views of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Valley, the Sierra Nevadas, and other natural landscapes


Featuring artworks made from plastic toys, leftover food, and other unconventional materials

On October 1, Phoenix Art Museum will also open free of charge to all U.S military veterans, active-duty personnel, and their immediate family members with ID courtesy of the Military Access Program at Phoenix Art Museum (MAP@PAM).

For a full breakdown of general admission prices beginning October 14, including a new, reduced admission option for youth aged 6–17, click here.

For information on adjusted voluntary-donation hours on Wednesdays and First Fridays, click here.

For information on annual Membership extensions in response to the Museum’s COVID-19 closure, click here.

To request additional information on the Museum’s October re-opening and high-resolution photography, contact the Museum’s Press Office at To make a gift in support of Phoenix Art Museum, visit

About Phoenix Art Museum

Since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has provided millions of guests with access to world-class art and experiences in an effort to ignite imaginations, create meaningful connections, and serve as a brave space for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art. Located in Phoenix’s Central Corridor, the Museum is a vibrant destination for the visual arts and the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. Each year, more than 300,000 guests engage with critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions and the Museum’s collection of more than 20,000 works of American and Western American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also presents a comprehensive film program, live performances, and educational programs designed for visitors of all ages, along with vibrant photography exhibitions made possible through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call 602.257.1880.

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