Virtual Programs and In-Person Events in April
Text + Images Courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum

This April, Phoenix Art Museum will celebrate the opening of new exhibition Desert Rider, with public programs to complement the newest featured exhibition at the Museum. The annual FASHFILMFETE™ Fashion Film Festival will make its return to Phoenix Art Museum with tickets available for purchase now. The Museum will also host virtual programs and in-person events, including a Make It! Workshop, Object of the Month, and others. 

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


Above: Justin Favela, Gypsy Rose Piñata, 2017. Mixed medium. Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum. 

Desert Rider

April 24 – September 18 | 10:30 a.m.

The exhibition explores the relationships between transportation, industry, landscape, and identity in our desert region. While post-war culture of the 1950s has mythologized our dependence on and fascination with the automobile, this exhibition explores the influence of lowrider and custom car culture on artists working in the Southwest today, with a focus on works by Indigenous and Latinx artists. The exhibition highlights a diverse display of large-scale installations, prints, sculptures, and more by artists including Cara Romero, Margarita Cabrera, Justin Favela, and Liz Cohen, each of whom draw inspiration from custom-car culture. 


Pop-Up Performance by Rosie’s House Student Musicians

April 20 | 6 p.m.


Enjoy live musical performances by student musicians from Rosie’s House, a free music academy for children from under-resourced communities in the Phoenix area. Rosie’s House eliminates barriers to high-quality music education helping youth develop their full creative and personal potential. These performances are open to the public during Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays. More information available soon at 

Above: Betsabeé Romero, Columna interminable (Endless Column), 2015. Rubber tire and gold leaf. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Friends of Mexican Art in honor of its 50th Anniversary, with additional generous support from Maria DeLongy, Greta Mock, Jacqueline and Paul Schulz, Kathren and Fritz Thomas, Kotzie Wheeler and Greta Woods. 

Make It! Symbol Scratch ArtFETE Fashion Film Festival

April 27 | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


In this Make It! Workshop, guests will explore Desert Rider and gather inspiration from Columna interminable (Endless Column) by Betsabeé Romero. Discover the sculpture’s inscribed gold-leaf symbols from Mesoamerican civilizations including the Aztec culture in Mexico, the Paracas culture in Peru, and the Hohokam culture of ancient Arizona. Visitors can imagine the symbols that have important meaning for them, and create their own scratchboard artwork to take home. Make It! is open to the public during Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays. More information available soon at 

FASHFILMFETE Fashion Film Festival

April 30 | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

$100 for Members | $125 for General Public

FASHFILMFETE  (FFF) will present a curated selection of popular, indie,

experimental, and documentary films to showcase the significance of fashion in filmmaking through 21 films from independent filmmakers, including the Hollywood cult classic, Mahogany (1975), starring the iconic Diana Ross. FFF will bring together a global community of fashion and film aficionados to explore style in cinema and its influence on pop culture, fashion design,contemporary art, and beauty standards. The event will also include a panel  discussion and award ceremony for festival pass holders and a VIP reception for VIP pass holders. Single-film tickets and festival passes are available here. View the full film scheduled here. 


Above: Cornelia Parker, Mass (Colder Darker Matter), 1997. Burnt wood, wire and string. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds provided by Jan and Howard Hendler. Photo: Ken Howie 

Object of the Month: Mass (Colder Darker Matter) by Cornelia Parker April 7, 21, 28 | 11:30 a.m.

Free for Members | Included with general admission

Constructed from the charred remains of a church struck by lightning, this suspended cube conveys the illusion of both an explosion frozen in time and space and an abstract charcoal drawing. Join the conversation with Docent Julia Shea-Flynn to explore themes of destruction and transformation surrounding this monumental object of quiet meditation and reflection. Tickets are available here. 

Above: The art of mindfulness can relieve anxiety, depression, pain, and stress.

Weekly Virtual Mindfulness Sessions 

April 7, 14, 21, 28 | 11 a.m.

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 live on Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information, click here.


Above: With your voluntary donation, explore the Museum on Wednesday evenings.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays 

Every Wednesday | 3 – 9 p.m.

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

From 3 – 9 p.m. every Wednesday, the Museum offers voluntary-donation general admission and reduced rates to view special-engagement exhibitions.

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