Reopens to the General Public Next Wednesday
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Phoenix Art Museum will re-open 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.” 

The Museum will be implementing 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 are available for purchase now at

The Museum Store and Palette Restaurant will also re-open in a limited capacity, 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. 

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

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

Teresita Fernández: Elemental features large-scale sculptures and immersive installations that reinterpret the relationships between nature, history, and identity 

India: Fashion’s Muse explores western fashion’s centuries-long love affair with the riches of India 

Ansel Adams: Performing the Print draws 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 features works from one of the most important collections of Old Master and 19th-century paintings in the world 

Seeking Immortality: Ancient Artifacts showcases ceramics and other burial objects from China, Japan, and Korea 

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

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

Clay and Bamboo: Japanese Ceramics and Flower Baskets features an array of modern Ikebana ceramics and basketry 

Guru Nanak: 550th Birth Anniversary of Sikhism’s Founder explores the life and teachings of the First Sikh Guru

Emily Eden: Portraits of the Princes and Peoples of India offers a view of 19th-century India through the eyes of British novelist and artist Emily Eden

Sweet Land of Funk features examples of Funk art, Abstract Expressionism, Bay Area Figuration, and Dude Ranch Dada

Joseph Cornell: Things Unseen explores surrealist concepts of memories, fantasies, dreams, and non-linear time

Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona features magical realist landscapes by the beloved Arizona artist

American Scenes/Americas Seen features artworks by Diego Rivera, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Alice Trumbull Mason, and other celebrated muralists and abstract artists

American Abstraction During the Thirties and Forties features American abstract paintings created during the Great Depression through World War 

Still Life: Ordinary Pleasures features works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Helen Torr, and others

Sublime Landscapes features scenic views of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Valley, the Sierra Nevadas, and other natural landscapes

[Re]Purposed features artworks made from plastic toys, leftover food, and other unconventional materials 


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