Phoenix Art Museum Celebrates Sixty Years

Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona since 1959. The largest art museum in the Southwestern United States, it hosts critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions, which are shown alongside the Museum’s permanent collection of more than 19,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art and fashion design.

As the Museum marks six decades as a vibrant art destination in the Valley, it is celebrating with a weekend full of fun and special pricing — offering something for everyone from babies to seniors, history buffs, music lovers and art enthusiasts over three days, Nov. 16–18.

During the three-day celebration, memberships are available for a season low of $60, guests are invited to take advantage of $6 general admission Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, and $6 special-exhibition pricing for the highly anticipated Legends of Speed starting Saturday, Nov. 16, through Monday, Nov. 18. And on Monday, in commemoration of the Museum’s official birthday, general admission is waived, and the Museum is open from noon to 5pm.

1961 Birdcage Maserati. Sunchase Holdings. Photo: Peter Harholdt

Legends of Speed (on view Nov. 3 through March 15) is the first major exhibition of racing cars presented at Phoenix Art Museum, and features more than 20 legendary cars by Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Ford and more. The landmark exhibition showcases an unprecedented collection of cars driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing, including A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney and Stirling Moss.

Also on view are Antonio: The Fine Art of Fashion Design, a multimedia exhibition featuring more than 100 original drawings, photographs and magazines, and PhxArt60: The Past Decade, which features selected artworks from the departments of modern and contemporary art, Latin American art, American art, Asian art and fashion design.

Special programming for the three-day celebration includes a self-guided 60th Anniversary scavenger hunt, Make It! activities from noon to 4pm with a local artist, as well as special deals at The Museum Store and Palette. Sunday, during extended hours (10am–7pm), guests can explore the pop-up library in the Museum and digital interactive timeline. At 2pm, The Hip Historian, Marshall Shore will lead a fun 45-minute historical journey from 1959 to today regarding the arts in Phoenix, and from 3pm to 7pm, for one-night-only, musical performances will take to the PhxArt Amplified stage.

Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 North Central Avenue. For additional information on the anniversary event and other exhibitions and special installations, visit www.phxart.org, or call 602.257.1880.

Explore the Centrality of Water in Our Lives with Black Canyon Heritage Park

Black Canyon Heritage Park (BCHP) is hosting its final two “Water, Black Canyon City & Me” events in October and November.

The “Water, Black Canyon City & Me” programs lead up to the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street traveling “Water/Ways” exhibition coming to Cañon School (34630 South School Loop Road, Black Canyon City) Dec. 14 to Jan. 26.  Working with their regional sponsors and partners, BCHP is supplementing the national “Water/Ways” exhibit with a local exhibit that focuses on the Agua Fria watershed that extends from the Prescott Valley area through Black Canyon City and Lake Pleasant and ending as the Agua Fria river merges into the Salt River.

These events are free and family friendly:

  • Sunday, Oct. 20; 1:30–3pm: Art Exhibit & Afternoon Concert by ProMusica Arizona at Black Canyon Community Health Center, 19251 Oasis Drive, Black Canyon City
  • Saturday, Nov. 16; 3–4:30pm: Celebrating History of Water — Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian at Pioneer Masonic Lodge #82, 19055 East K-Mine Road, Black Canyon City

Black Canyon Heritage Park has additional activities to compliment the Smithsonian’s “Water/Ways” exhibit, including the WinterFest/BookFest exhibits Jan. 26.

Visit Black Canyon Heritage Park Monday through Friday, 9am–4pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9am–2pm —  walk the mini-trail and view native plants, birds and butterflies in the riparian preserve. For additional information, call 623.374.5282 or visit www.bcheritagepark.org or www.facebook.com/blackcanyonheritagepark.

Experience “Ghostly Stories” In Downtown Phoenix

Join Arizona Humanities for a free family-friendly celebration of storytelling, Arizona history and Halloween. Ghostly Stories takes place Tuesday, October 27, from 5:30-8pm at Arizona Humanities (1242 North Central Avenue, Phoenix). Arizona Humanities is located in the historic 98-year old Ellis-Shackelford House.

Marshall Shore Hip Historian_smWear a spooky costume and listen to ghost stories under the full moon. The evening will feature Marshall Shore, Arizona’s own Hip Historian, who will take guests on a chilling journey through local Arizona ghost stories. Enjoy snacks, arts and crafts, a costume contest and other family activities. Make your own Arizona themed trick-or-treat bag to take home.

Ellis Shackelford House_smBuilt in 1917, the Ellis-Shackelford House is the only unaltered survivor of early North Central Avenue mansions in Phoenix, and in 1986 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by local architect R.A. Gray and built by prominent physician William C. Ellis, the Ellis-Shackelford House is significant for its architectural design, use of materials, early technological achievements and high level of craftsmanship. During the historic period from the mid-1910s through the 1930s, this section of Central Avenue was nicknamed Millionaires’ Row for the mansions of similar style and grandeur lining the avenue.

This event is free and fun for families and kids. For more information, call 602.257.0335 or visit www.azhumanities.org/ghostly-stories-with-marshall-shore.

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