Press RoomPhoenix Art Museum presents a virtual unveiling of new Geoffrey Beene Archive and other events in February 2021

Phoenix Art Museum presents a virtual unveiling of new Geoffrey Beene Archive and other events in February 2021

Jan, 22, 2021

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Phoenix Art Museum presents a virtual unveiling of new Geoffrey Beene Archive and other events in February 2021

PHOENIX (January 22, 2021) – This February, Phoenix Art Museum will present a number of virtual events and community-engagement opportunities, including the virtual unveiling of the Museum’s newly established Geoffrey Beene Archive, hosted in partnership with Arizona Costume Institute. Additionally, the Museum will host a socially distanced outdoor film viewing in celebration of Valentine’s Day and will continue its biweekly PhxArtist Spotlight series. For information on the Museum’s COVID-19 visitor policies and procedures, click here.

Geoffrey Beene: A Duet of Fashion and Movement
February 11 | 6 pm
This virtual event is open to the public with a suggested donation.
Registration is required.

Join Arizona Costume Institute and Phoenix Art Museum for the virtual unveiling of the Museum’s new Geoffrey Beene Archive, which sets the stage for a future exhibition of the designer’s work. One of New York’s most acclaimed fashion designers, Geoffrey Beene (1927-2004) was recognized for his artistic and technical acuity, creating highly complex and colorful garments that explored the relationship between fabric, the human body, and movement. This virtual event will be the first presentation of the Geoffrey Beene Archive at Phoenix Art Museum. Attendees will enjoy a unique opportunity to closely examine Beene’s impeccable garments through a short film produced by Phoenix-based Manley Films, along with messages from Patsy Tarr, founding Beene Archive donor; former ballerina and longtime Beene model Deanna McBrearty, who has created a dance homage in honor of the late designer; and Doug Varone, choreographer for three runway presentations of Beene’s collections, which featured dancers from the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet. To RSVP or make a donation in support of the event, which benefits fashion exhibitions and educational programs at Phoenix Art Museum, click here.

Weekly Virtual Mindfulness Sessions
February 4, 11, 18 | Noon
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 on Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information, click here.

Great Art on Screen: Frida: Viva La Vida
February 14 | 7 pm
This event is hosted in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden. Food and drink will not be provided nor permitted, with the exception of water bottles. Face masks are required.
Join us on Valentine’s Day for an outdoor, socially distanced viewing of Frida: Viva La Vida, a cinematic documentary that explores the life of artist Frida Kahlo, who was at once a revolutionary, pioneering artist and a human being tormented by physical agony and love. Asia Argento narrates this film that weaves together interviews, letters, diaries, and private confessions and features a variety of Kahlo’s paintings, kept in some of the most renowned museums in Mexico. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Virtual Slow Art at Home | Guided Meditation with Phoenix Art Museum
February 25 | Noon
Guided by a Museum educator, this pay-what-you-wish #PhxArtatHome art-based meditation session provides an opportunity to connect with the present moment and create a deeper understanding of a work of art from the Museum’s collection. February’s Slow Art will feature The Futility of Achievement (2020) by Derek Fordjour, a recent acquisition to the Museum’s collection of more than 20,000 artworks, and will be presented through Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Presented by Phoenix Art Museum, PhxArtist Spotlight is a biweekly 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, many of whom have been deeply impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19. Twice a 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 67,000 followers.For more information on the series, click here. For recent spotlights on artists Diyar Al Asadi and Michelle Meyer, 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, or call 602.257.1880.

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