First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum

Every First Friday, Phoenix Art Museum offers free general admission and discounted special exhibition admission* from 6 - 10PM. This First Friday we are excited to welcome back The Whole Story with Part 2, the second installment of a storytelling series that seeks to broaden perspectives with personal stories that honor the black experience in Arizona. We are also proud to present a new collaboration featuring four local artists organized by nueBOX and local publisher Four Chambers Press presents their latest release, a chapbook of prose poems entitled Channels, Frequencies, and Sequences by local poet and ASU Professor Michael Brooks Cryer.

The Whole Story is a live, quarterly show that premiered in January 2017 at Phoenix Art Museum, and will continue to take place at the Museum for parts 2, 3, and 4 in 2017. Through stories about personal experiences, The Whole Story seeks to bring greater depth and breadth to our understanding of one another and the issues we face surrounding identity and connection, exploring both themes particular to the black community as well as more universal experiences told from a black perspective. Joining the show's director, Rachel Eseoghene Egboro, are featured storytellers, Brandon Pearson, Leah Marche, Sule Greg C. Wilson, Necheé Chrystal Stewart and Sharifa Rowe. Tickets for The Whole Story: Part 2 are available HERE. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Seating is first-come, first-seated. Doors to Whiteman Hall will open at 7PM.

[nueBOX] is a non-profit residency program for local artists interested in the exploring their own creative process. We push the artist outside of the BOX, and bring the community inside. The program provides talented artists with a place to rehearse, develop installations, discuss works-in-progress, and showcase new work. 
The Phoenix Metro area is rapidly changing and expanding, creating opportunities for development and improvement to city infrastructure. In an attempt to [de]construct and navigate physical spaces withini the city of Phoenix, Estrella Payton (visual artist), Felix Herbst (sound artist), Jordan Daniels (Movement Artist), and Steven Redondo (Movement Artist), will combine elements of different artistic media to explore two intersecting and parallel entities, each with the ability to link and divide: the Salt River and the light rail system.   

nueBOX Performance Schedule

Live Music in Great Hall 
Art installation, in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden
Performance in Greenbaum Lobby
Performance in Katz Wing 2nd Floor
Performance begins, European Gallery, North Wing 2nd Floor
Performance in Great Hall

Four Chambers Press is an independent community literary magazine and small press based in Phoenix, AZ whose mission is to give greater visibility to the literary arts, encourage their larger participation in the cultural scene, and develop a more active community of writers and readers. A series of prose poems, Channels, Frequencies, and Sequences takes personality and turns it into a playlist, formalizing the idea of the internet radio station and pushing the algorithm to its absurd, (il)logical conclusion. What does it mean to be machine-readable? What does it say about ourselves when the computer knows us better than we do? What is the self but a haphazard assortment of traits, thoughts, emotions, and experience anyway? Why not put it on shuffle? Why not ask it to dance?

Current Exhibitions
*Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

The Propeller Group

Yeohlee | Serra

Longer Ways to Go: Photography of the American Road

Virtue and Valor: Sikh Art and Heritage

Selections from the Schorr Collection

Philip C. Curtis: The New Deal and Regionalism

Phoenix Art Museum is one of five 
Artlink Phoenix First Friday Trolley hubs. Park and enjoy the Museum then take the trolley tour and explore all the downtown Phoenix arts and culture destinations. The Museum is conveniently located by the Central and McDowell Valley Metro Lightrail station. 



  • Paid parking is available just north of Phoenix Art Museum at Central United Methodist Church from 5pm- 10pm on First Friday. The charge is $10 and can be paid using cash or credit card. Click here for an online map. 

  • Free overflow parking is also available across the street from Phoenix Art Museum at Central Arts plaza, on the 3rd and 4th floors of the parking garage on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Palm Lane. Click here for an online map. 

Share your First Friday experience: @phxart #phxartff 

*Special exhibitions are free for Museum Members.

First Fridays are generously sponsored by PetSmart


[Image credit: The Propeller Group, Untitled (Ox Head; The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music), 2014. Water buffalo skull, gold leafing, and brass rings. Courtesy of The Propeller Group and James Cohan, New York.]

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