If you want to enjoy some culture this summer, stop by the Phoenix Art Museum. Located just 2 miles from the downtown area, PAM offers endless opportunities for mental stimulation. There are special traveling exhibitions and approximately 18,000 pieces of contemporary and classic art from around the globe. Each piece is thoughtfully displayed in a variety of unique galleries. With so many diverse collections, this museum is the perfect place to bring the entire family.
As you stroll from gallery to gallery, you’ll see objects representing American, European, Asian and Latin American artistic practices. From gorgeous jade sculptures and Spanish Colonial paintings to artwork depicting the American West, this vast collection lets you connect with the story behind the art. This is especially true in the Thorne Rooms, which is a display of miniature rooms complete with tiny turn-of-the-century furniture.
The museum also pays tribute to fashion, photography, contemporary art and modernism. View 18th, 19th and 20th century fashions created by world-famous designers, or enjoy the captivating photography of Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon and more at the rotating exhibits in Norton Gallery. The contemporary collections at PAM feature art made from an odd assortment of materials, while the modern collections highlight artists of the modernist movement.
The Phoenix Art Museum is known for its exhibitions, and there will be some remarkable displays throughout the summer. One of the standouts is Andy Warhol: Portraits. Showing now through mid-June, it includes the artist’s unique representations of himself and many other famous faces. Another exhibition worth checking out is American and European from the 1920s and 1930s. Running June 13 – Nov. 15, this exhibit emphasizes the drama of that time period.
From April to May, you can view the creations of the 2014 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant recipients. The winners are local artists, so each display is especially inspiring. Another stirring exhibition is One-of-a-Kind, which presents photographic images produced on wildly unique objects. The show will be at PAM April 11 – October 19. For even more artistic innovation, visit The Resonance of Clay now through April 2016. This exhibition has an array of incredible Japanese ceramics in various colors, sizes and textures.
Unforgettable Family Fun
At the PhxArtKids Gallery, children can participate in hands-on, art-based activities. The gallery hosts events that focus on a specific exhibition. This summer, PhxArtKids Day: Modern Museum takes the interactive theme to another level as little ones learn how to make their own modern art. The event takes place June 27. You and your kids can also test your skills by creating abstract Southwestern landscapes at the Rineberg Gallery on June 17.
If you need some downtime, head to Palette for some delicious locally produced food in a beautiful setting. You can also relax amid the intriguing sculptures and lush greenery of the tranquil Sculpture Garden. If you cannot get enough of the museum itself, head back indoors and take in the striking architecture of the main entrance. The vibrant atrium, open-air staircase and contemporary water feature are unexpected artistic showpieces.
As you discover the world of art at this exceptional museum, don’t forget about the live performances, festivals, lectures, independent films and educational programs taking place throughout the year. The museum is only 30 minutes from our property, so it’s easy to plan a last-minute trip. With so many things to see and do, the Phoenix Art Museum truly seems like a playground for young and old, so gather your loved ones and get ready to play.
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