Press RoomPhoenix Art Museum hosts in-person programming and film screenings in August; 2023 Arizona Artist Awards exhibitions on view now; Temporary Café Grand Opening
Phoenix Art Museum hosts in-person programming and film screenings in August; 2023 Arizona Artist Awards exhibitions on view now; Temporary Café Grand Opening
Jul, 26, 2023
Phoenix Art Museum hosts in-person programming and film screenings in August; 2023 Arizona Artist Awards exhibitions on view now; Temporary Café Grand Opening
PHOENIX (July 26, 2023) – This August, Phoenix Art Museum will host virtual and in-person events, including Storytime in the Galleries, Night at the Museum, the next installment of summer film series Cine Cubano, and much more. PhxArt and Conceptually Social will officially open a new café experience named Temporary, featuring sandwiches, salads, pastries, and vegan and gluten-free options. The Museum has also premiered the 2023 Arizona Artist Awards exhibitionsGabriela Muñoz & Jenea Sanchez: Empowered Fronterizx Bodies and the 2023 Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards.
Temporary Café Opening Wednesday, August 2 Located in Orientation Gallery HOURS: Wednesday 9 am – 7 pm; Friday – Sunday 9 am – 3 pm Open to Museum guests only
PhxArt and Conceptually Social (@conceptuallysocialcatering) have partnered to open a café experience named Temporary, located in the Museum’s Orientation Gallery. Temporary will feature coffee, sandwiches, salads, and pastries, with vegan and gluten-free options. The café will be accessible to PhxArt visitors only.
Café menu sneak peek: -Southwestern Turkey Salad -Chicken Club -Buffalo Cauliflower Salad -Caprese Sandwich -Vietnamese Coffee Cinnamon Rolls
The 2023 Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards Exhibition features works by emerging artists Yaritza Flores Bustos and Alejandro Macias. Bustos uses her interdisciplinary practice to create across media and develop a new archive that venerates the multiple languages her community utilizes to survive. Macias mixes conventional, representational, and abstract approaches, a strategy that acts as a metaphor for his upbringing along the U.S.-Mexico border. His work explores themes of Mexican-American identity, assimilation, acculturation, repression, civil rights, immigration, cultural misconceptions, contemporary socio-political trepidations, and the ever-shifting American political landscape.
Arizona Artist Awards are made possible by the Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award and the Sally and Richard Lehmann Emerging Artists Award with additional support from Cattryn Somers and Michael Cafiso.
Gabriela Muñoz & Jenea Sanchez: Empowered Fronterizx Bodies is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the Cohn Fund for Arts and Culture, a founding gift of the Phoenix Art Museum Education and Engagement Excellence Fund.
The 2023 Lehmann Emerging Artist Award Recipients exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the Cohn Fund for Arts and Culture, a founding gift of the Phoenix Art Museum Education and Engagement Excellence Fund.
All exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum are underwritten by the Phoenix Art Museum Exhibition Excellence Fund, founded by The Opatrny Family Foundation, with additional major support provided by Joan Cremin.
Juan Francisco Elso: Por América On view through September 17, 2023 Juan Francisco Elso: Por América explores the significant career of the late Cuban artist, whose sculptures and installations examine the complexities of contemporary Cuban, Caribbean, and Latin American identities. Fashioned from natural, organic materials, featured works draw influence from Indigenous traditions, Afro-Caribbean religious beliefs, and the traumas of colonial oppression and are placed in conversation with paintings, sculptures and more by a group of 30 multigenerational artists active in the Caribbean and throughout North, South, and Central America. Through this contextual approach, the traveling survey illuminates Elso’s legacy and articulates a more expansive idea of the Americas, free of geopolitical borders and boundaries.
Juan Francisco Elso: Por América is organized by El Museo del Barrio and guest curated by Olga Viso, curator-at-large at Phoenix Art Museum and senior advisor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, in collaboration with Susanna V. Temkin, curator at El Museo del Barrio. The exhibition is made possible thanks to major support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Commissions are made possible by VIA Art Fund and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. Its presentation at Phoenix Art Museum is made possible through the generosity of Partner Sponsors Sue and Bud Selig and Supporting Sponsors Men’s Arts Council, The Opatrny Family Foundation, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Exhibition Endowment Fund, and the Joan Cremin Exhibition Endowment, with additional support from Kimpton Hotel Palomar.
FEATURED AUGUST EVENTS Cine Cubano – Soy Cuba (I am Cuba) Summer Film Series Sponsored by Lisa Sette Gallery August 2 | 6 pm Free for Members | $8 for the general public Presented in Whiteman Hall PhxArt presents Cine Cubano, a four-film series sponsored by Lisa Sette Gallery that complements special-engagement exhibition Juan Francisco Elso: Por América and celebrates Cuba’s rich history and culture through the medium of cinema. All films are presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
Visually absorbing and formally audacious, Soy Cuba (I Am Cuba) opens a long-buried time capsule that explores Cuba’s 1959 revolution. A young woman’s fascination with the excess of an American-owned casino leads to her downfall. A tenant farmer revolts the only way he knows how. University students gain first-hand knowledge of political upheaval. Members of a poor family are patriotically swept up into the burgeoning revolt in the hills outside the city. Tickets are available for reservation here.
This film series is made possible by the Lisa Sette Gallery.
Educator Arts Day August 26 | 9 – 4 pm Complimentary admission for Arizona educators. Limited capacity. Advanced registration required. Arizona educators are invited to this free Educator Arts Day + Cultural Resource Fair in celebration of arts-integrated learning. Tickets include engaging professional development workshops, access to a cultural resource fair featuring more than 25 organizations, opportunities to network with educators across Arizona, a continuing education credit certificate, and much more! For more information, click here.
Night at the Museum: Fresh Dressed Fashion Meets Film Presented by FashFilmFete August 30 | 6 – 8:30 pm $5 for Members and the general public Presented in Whiteman Hall. Limited capacity. Fashion Meets Film Presented by FashFilmFete August 30 | 6 – 8:30 pm $5 for Members and the general public Presented in Whiteman Hall. Limited capacity.
Join PhxArt and FashFilmFete for a night of fashion + film. The film screening is followed by a discussion panel with an audience Q&A.
Fresh Dressed is a captivating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion and the rise of oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from southern cotton plantations. Hear in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders, including Pharrell Williams, Damon Dash, Karl Kani, Kanye West, Nasir Jones, and André Leon Talley. The result is a passionate telling of the reach for freedom of expression and a better life by a culture that refused to be squashed and, through sheer originality and swagger, took over the mainstream. Not Rated. Estimated: 1.5 h. Tickets are available for reservation here.
Storytime in the Galleries August 2 | 10:30 am Free for Members | Included in general admission for the general public Advance registration recommended. Designed for our youngest PhxArt visitors (ages 0-5) and their parents or caregivers, Storytime in the Galleries is a wonderful opportunity to share the joy of early literacy, art-inspired play, and hands-on learning with family and friends. The Storytime in the Galleries series is offered on the first Wednesday of each month inside the Museum. In August, join Childsplay teaching artist Ms. Nickela for an interactive Storytime where the art in the Museum and the art on the page will come to life as we move, play, and learn. This month’s story is Dress Up and Let’s Have a Party by Remy Charlip. Tickets are available for reservation here.
Storytime in the Galleries is made possible in part by the Angela and Leonard Singer Endowment for Performing Arts, The Discount Tire Endowment for Children’s Art Programs, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs.
Weekly Virtual Mindfulness Sessions August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | Noon Free for Members | $5 suggested donation for the general public Scientific studies show the art of mindfulness can relieve anxiety, depression, pain, and stress and actually change the way we feel, think, work, and play by opening new pathways in the brain. Presented in collaboration with Hospice of the Valley, this free, 30-minute, at-home mindfulness session promotes living in the present. This session is hosted live on Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information, click here.
Lemon Library Lecture: Fashion Resources August 9 | 6 pm Free for Members and the general public Presented in the Lemon Art Research Library The Gene and Cathie Lemon Art Research Library has a wide and unique variety of fashion resources available, including the Astaire Library of Costume and Fashion, which houses a near full run of iconic fashion magazines like Vogue, Vogue France, Harper’s BAZAAR, and GQ. The Lemon Library also collects counterculture fashion publications like Japanese street fashion magazine FRUiTS. Additionally, researchers can freely access online databases including the Vogue Archive and Women’s Wear Daily. Join librarian Jesse Lopez to learn how to use these amazing resources. For more information, click here.
Lemon Art Research LibraryBook Club: Santería Healing by Johan Wedel August 19 | 1:30 pm Free for Members and the general public Presented in the Lemon Art Research Library Join librarian Jesse Lopez for the next installment of the Lemon Art Research Library Book Club, featuring Santería Healing by Johan Wedel. The selection of this book is inspired by special-engagement exhibition Juan Francisco Elso: Por América. Discover how the late Cuban artist’s spiritual works reflect his devotion to the African diasporic religion. For more information, click here.
FREE-ACCESS PROGRAMS Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays Every Wednesday | 3 – 9 pm Voluntary-donation general admission SPECIAL-EXHIBITION TICKETS: $6 for adults | FREE for Museum Members, Maricopa County Community College students*, ASU students**, and active-duty military personnel*** From 3 – 9 pm every Wednesday, the Museum offers voluntary-donation general admission and reduced rates to view special-engagement exhibitions.
Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays are made possible by SRP and City of Phoenix. *The Maricopa County Community College District program at Phoenix Art Museum (MC3@PAM) is made possible through the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Men’s Arts Council. **Arizona State University Students will enjoy free general admission to PhxArt from May 6 through September 17, 2023, including admission into special-engagement exhibitions. Visitors must present an active student ID at the time of admission. ***Active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families will enjoy free admission to PhxArt from May 20 through September 3, 2023, including admission into special-engagement exhibitions. Visitors must present an active ID at the time of admission.
Blue Star Museums Program From U.S. Armed Forces Day (May 20, 2023) through Labor Day (September 3, 2023), active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families can enjoy free admission to Phoenix Art Museum through the Blue Star Museums program. Complimentary admission extends to special-engagement exhibitions. An active ID is required.
The Blue Star Museums program at Phoenix Art Museum is made possible through the generosity of Supporting Sponsor Shamrock Foods Foundation.
PhxArt AfterHours September 1 /// December 1, 2023 5 – 9 pmComplimentary admission | Free-access eventAt select times throughout the year, Phoenix Art Museum opens for free after dark for PhxArt AfterHours, activated by live music, art-making workshops, specialty food and drink experiences, and other performances and entertainment. Visit the Museum during an AfterHours event to expand the way you interact with art.
PhxArt AfterHours are made possible through the generosity of Partner Sponsor APS.
PhxArt Family Fundays October 29 10 am – 5 pmComplimentary admission | Free-access dayAt select times throughout the year, Phoenix Art Museum hosts PhxArt Family Fundays, an all-ages, free-access day with complimentary admission to every gallery and exhibition and arts-engagement programming suitable for visitors of all ages, interests, and abilities.
PhxArt Family Fundays are made possible through the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Men’s Arts Council.
Free Admission for Maricopa County Community Colleges Students Through the MC3@PAM program at PhxArt, all Maricopa County Community Colleges students who attend any of the 10 colleges or affiliated skill centers will enjoy free general admission to PhxArt, including admission into special-engagement exhibitions. Visitors must present an active student ID at the time of admission.
The Maricopa County Community College District program at Phoenix Art Museum (MC3@PAM) is made possible through the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Men’s Arts Council.
SCHOOL AND ADULT TOURS On-site school and adult tours have returned to Phoenix Art Museum. To learn more about school-tour offerings and planning a school visit, click here. For adult and college group tour requests, click here.
In addition, Phoenix Art Museum offers live virtual presentations for school classrooms and community organizations. For more information on Virtual Classroom Visits, click here. For more information on Virtual Presentations for Adults, click here.
School Tours and Virtual Classroom Visits are made possible in part by Carolyn Dunkin Schulte Educational Endowment Fund, The Discount Tire Endowment for Children’s Art Programs the and William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs.
PHXARTIST SPOTLIGHTS Presented by Phoenix Art Museum, PhxArtist Spotlight is a monthly series that explores what inspires and motivates Valley creatives, while leveraging the Museum’s reach in its community to support and expand awareness of working artists. Each month, the Museum highlights a different artist working in Arizona, posting a Q&A with the artist and images of their work on the Museum’s Instagram and Facebook channels and on the Museum’s bilingual blog. The artist is also highlighted in a monthly email sent to Museum Members, Circles of Support donors, and a subscriber list of more than 65,000 followers.For more information on the series, click here. For recent spotlights on Armida Kielty and Blaise Danio, click here.
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 phxart.org, or call 602.257.1880.