PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
Virtual Programs and In-Person Events in December
Text + Images Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum

This December, Phoenix Art Museum will present virtual programs and in-person events with limited capacity. Newly opened exhibitions include Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West and Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona. Exhibitions Legacy of Ceylon: Art of Photography of Sri Lanka and Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s premiere soon and will be on view into the New Year. 

For a full list of exhibitions on view now at Phoenix Art Museum, visit phxart.org/art/exhibitions/. For information on the Museum’s COVID-19 visitor policies and procedures, click here. 

Above: Unknown, Seated Buddha in Meditation, 18th century. Gilt bronze. Private Collection. Photo: Justin Yee Photography. 

OPENING SOON

Legacy of Ceylon: Art and Photography of Sri Lanka 

November 27, 2021 – April 24, 2022

Legacy of Ceylon: Art and Photography of Sri Lanka offers an unparalleled opportunity to view a selection of rare and outstanding Sri Lankan artworks, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited. Spanning 1,000 years, the exhibition showcases more than 50 works from the Museum’s dynamic collection of Sri Lankan art, including vibrant textiles and technically refined and large solid-bronze sculptures. Legacy of Ceylon also debuts newly discovered black-and-white photographs of mid-20th-century life on the island nation. 

Above: Left to right; Misty Modes, “Daisy Mae” Shift, 1960s. Printed Du Pont Reemay spunbonded polyester. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Promised gift of Kelly Ellman; James Sterling Paper Fashions, Dress, 1960s. Printed Du Pont Reemay spunbonded polyester. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Promised gift of Kelly Ellman. Image © Phoenix Art Museum. 

Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s

December 18, 2021 – July 17, 2022

During the 1960s, paper dresses never before seen in contemporary fashion took the world by storm when Scott Paper Company launched an ingenious marketing campaign—an early forerunner of viral marketing strategies—to promote Dura-Weve, the textile featured in their then-new disposable tableware line. With the idea that paper dresses were the future, other companies like Mars of Asheville joined the excitement and were soon selling 80,000 dresses per week. 

Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s explores the paper-fashion phenomenon of the era through more than 80 rare garments and accessories selected entirely from the Museum’s comprehensive fashion-design collection—home to one of the leading collections of paper fashion in the United States. Featured works include dresses, bikinis, skirts, hats, jumpsuits, rompers, beach cover-ups, and more made from paper, plastic, laminate, and other disposable materials. 

Above: Vance Kirkland, Nevadaville Landscape, 1938. Watercolor on paper. Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver (VK1936.06a). 

ON VIEW NOW

Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West

Through March 6, 2022

Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West explores the modern evolution of mining imagery through more than 65 paintings, prints, and more that span the 1910s to the present. The exhibition begins with works from the early- to mid-20th century, when artists portrayed regional themes and industries in their work, inspired, in part, by New Deal programs. Contemporary works, by contrast, demonstrate how artists have, over time, become more attuned to the monumental impact that humans, technology, mining, and other industries have on the natural world. 

Above: Philip C. Curtis, The Concert (El concierto), c. 1960. Oil on panel. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Bequest of Iris S. Darlington. Philip C. Curtis Restated Trust U/A/D April 7, 1994. 

Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona

Through December 31, 2022

Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona explores the works of beloved Arizona artist Philip C. Curtis and his perspectives of desert landscapes. Although not known as a landscape painter, Curtis, who settled in Scottsdale, drew extensively on the subject and painted surreal compositions through a lens of magic realism that were inspired by Arizona’s deserts and often featured Victorian-style figures. 

Above: The Weekly Virtual Mindfulness Sessions will continue in December.

DECEMBER 2021 EVENTS

Weekly Virtual Mindfulness Sessions 

December 2, 9, 16, 30 | Noon

Free for Members | $5 suggested donation for the 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 on Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information, click here. 

PhxArt + FilmBar Present: Embrace of the Serpent

December 8 | 6:30 p.m.

$12 for PhxArt Members and FilmBar Unlimited-ish Members | $15 for the general public. Presented in Whiteman Hall. Limited capacity. Face masks are required.

At once blistering and poetic, Embrace of the Serpent—the third feature by Ciro Guerra—explores how the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape. The stunning black-and-white film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who build a friendship with him over the course of 40 years. Not rated. Estimated runtime: 125 min. Tickets are available here. 

Mindfulness in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden

December 15 | Noon 1 p.m.

Free for Members and the general public. Limited capacity. Registration required.

Join PhxArt for a special, in-person mindfulness session in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden, and feel the grass beneath your feet as you learn to focus on the present and live in the moment. This free, 30-minute mindfulness session is presented in collaboration with Hospice of the Valley. More information available soon at phxart.org. 

National Theatre Live: Cyrano de Bergerac

December 19 | 1 p.m.

$15 for PhxArt Members | $18 for the general public. Presented in Whiteman Hall. Limited capacity. Face masks are required.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all—now if only he could win the heart of his true love, Roxane. With a nose as huge as his heart and forced to navigate a society engulfed in narcissism, Cyrano must find a way to set Roxane’s world alight using his mastery of language. James McAvoy returns to the stage in an inventive adaptation of the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac, captured live in 2020 from the West End in London. Rated R. Estimated runtime: 3h. Tickets are available here. 

Virtual Slow Art at Home | Guided Meditation with Phoenix Art Museum

December 23 | Noon

Free for Members | $5 suggested donation for the public

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. December’s Slow Art will be presented through Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information and to RSVP, click here. 

Above: A voluntary donation is appreciated to attend First Fridays and Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays.

FREE-ACCESS TIMES

First Friday 

December 3 | 3 – 7 p.m.

Voluntary-donation general admission. SPECIAL-EXHIBITION TICKETS: $5 for adults | FREE for Museum Members and veterans/active-duty military.

Every First Friday from 3 – 7 p.m., Phoenix Art Museum offers voluntary-donation general admission and reduced rates to view special-engagement exhibitions.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays 

Every Wednesday | 3 – 7 p.m.

Voluntary-donation general admission.SPECIAL-EXHIBITION TICKETS: $5 for Adults | FREE for Museum Members and veterans/active-duty military*

From 3 – 7 p.m. every Wednesday, the Museum offers voluntary-donation general admission and reduced rates to view special-engagement exhibitions.

For more information, visit www.phxart.org