Most often, it’s the art I find in hallways, entryways, or courtyards of a museum that leaves the strongest impression on me. That was certainly the case when I visited the Phoenix Art Museum this week.
Turning into the parking lot, I see a big red sculpture. It makes me wonder if I put a big lawn ornament in my front yard if I could slow the traffic down below 50 mph.
A big red dinosaur in a cage, Sui Jianguo’s Jurassic Age, sits at the entrance to the museum. Emblazoned, Made in China, it’s political commentary on toys conceived in the west, manufactured in China, and distributed around the world.
The 25,000 butterflies of the Black Cloud by Carlos Amorales swarming the entrance hall made me stop and swivel around trying to take it all in.
One of the exhibits that really impressed me was by Marissa Roth called Infinite Light. According to the poster description, it’s her “love letter to Tibet,” depicted through 72 photos and designed to be viewed as a walking meditation. As I moved through the space, I could hear a Buddhist meditation bell ringing to aid in the visual appreciation of the prints all placed in a row at eye level.
This woman made me smile. The way she is positioned in the frame makes me think she’s in a hurry. She’s not doing any walking meditation in this view. She seems to be interrogating someone, if only with her eyes: seriously!?
Another thing that I liked about this exhibit was that non-flash photography was encouraged. The hashtags for this project include: #InfiniteLightPhxArt #PhxArtTibet.
The Phoenix Art Museum is open late on Wednesday nights and First Friday nights–both with free admission. You could squeeze in a visit after work for happy hour, browse the galleries or have dinner one evening at the onsite restaurant, Palette.
The holidays are approaching and museum shops have some of the best novelty items. It’s one of my favorite places to shop. The window displays give me ideas about how I might fill my vases at home wth flowers and decorations for the holidays. The museum shop will even be open on Black Friday with discounts of 10% for non-members and 20% for members. Plus, it will be a great time to purchase an annual membership with $20 off the normal price (details here).
If you’re visiting Phoenix, be sure to check out the Phoenix Art Museum, restaurant and gallery shop. The museum is billed as the largest museum in the Southwest and has a huge variety of collections and special exhibitions.