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China’s Global Ceramics Trade

Mar 4, 2015, 12pm
Asian Art Gallery By the 14th century, China had produced something the rest of the world wanted: pure white porcelain. View examples from the collection with Curator of Asian Art, Janet Baker. The lecture is included with general admission and free for Museum Members. Image Credit Unknown, China, Large dish, Kraak ware, Ming dynasty, Wanli reign, 1573-1619. Porcelain with underglazing. Collection Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Franklin M. Preiser in honor of the Phoenix Art Museum's 25th anniversary.

Object of the Month

Mar 7, 2015, 11:30am Mar 27, 2015, 11:30am
Philip C. Curtis Gallery Farewell to the Band by Philip C. Curtis Philip C. Curtis was the founding director of the Phoenix Art Center which evolved into Phoenix Art Museum. Join docent Nancy Ruminski in a conversation about one of his thought-provoking works. Cost: The lecture is included with general admission and free for Museum Members. Image Credit Philip C. Curtis, American, 1907 - 2000, Farewell to the Band, 1967. Oil on board. Collection Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of the estate of Claudia I. Baum

Roxanne Lowit Photographs Yves Saint Laurent

Mar 11, 2015, 11:30am
Great Hall Luncheon | 11:30 a.m. Lecture | 12:30 p.m. Fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit is as much a celebrity as the people she photographs. In her new book, she presents a pictorial history of the great couturier Yves Saint Laurent. Through the eye of her lens we see intimate views of life backstage at his shows and surrounded by models on the catwalk. With a foreword by Pierre Berge and contributors including Grace Jones, Jerry Hall, Paloma Picasso and Pat Cleveland among others, the book and her insightful lecture will provide a glimpse into this fashion legend. A book signing will follow the presentation. Cost: Free with general admission, luncheon optional. Luncheon: $33.  $28 for ACI Members.  Purchase tickets f... (View more)

Think Like Leonardo!

Mar 14, 2015, 12pm Mar 15, 2015, 12pm
Engage your brain like Leonardo. Talk with experts in the sciences and arts about how the Codex is relevant to them to day, participate in hands-on activities and problem-solving challenges, sharpen your observation skills through drawing exercises.  Activities Include: Ask-the-Expert presenters in the areas of physics, engineering, astronomy, manuscripts, and water management hold conversations about their favorite page in the Codex Leicester, presented in collaboration with the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. ​“Renaissance” visitors in period dress Hands-on activities, creativity challenges, water education, and storytelling in collaboration with  the University of Arizona Water In... (View more)

Celestial Sleuth: Using Astronomy to Date Monet’s Étretat, Sunset

Mar 18, 2015, 7pm
Whiteman Hall Speaker: Donald W. Olson, professor at Texas State University and author of Celestial Sleuth: Using Astronomy to Solve Mysteries in Art, History and Literature.  How do astronomical methods make it possible to identify celestial objects and to calculate dates and times for night-sky paintings by Vincent van Gogh and J. M. W. Turner? Why is there a blood-red sky in Edvard Munch’s The Scream? On what dates did Ansel Adams create his moonrise photographs in Yosemite?  To answer questions like these, faculty and students from Texas State University have made research trips to the relevant sites and have published a series of articles over the last two decades, applying astronomy to art. This talk will focus on a resea... (View more)

Hindu Gods & Goddesses

Apr 1, 2015, 12pm
Asian Art Gallery   Dr. Anne Feldhaus, Foundation Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University, will discuss the human and cosmic significance of Vishnu, Shiva Nataraja and demon-killing goddesses as represented in stone and bronze on view in the Asian galleries. Image Credit Unknown, India, Vishnu with Consorts, 11th-12th century. Chlorite. Collection Phoenix Art Museum, Museum purchase.

Fashion Perspectives

Apr 8, 2015, 11:30am
Ellman Fashion Design Gallery   Luncheon | 11:30 a.m. Lecture | 12:30 p.m. Featuring the news from inside the Museum and around the world, Curator of Fashion Design Dennita Sewell shares her point of view on fashion. All attending luncheon will receive a special goodie bag. Cost: Free with general admission, luncheon optional. Purchase tickets for optional luncheon at

An Evening with Eric Fischl and Mark Bradford

Apr 8, 2015, 7pm
Whiteman Hall Artist Eric Fischl attended Phoenix College in his youth and returns every year to present the Fischl Vanguard Award to the College's outstanding art students. He brings with him a guest of international stature to jury the Annual Student Art Competition at Phoenix College. This year’s special guest is artist Mark Bradford, a recipient of the 2014 National Medal of the Arts. Cost: This event is on a #FreeAdmissionWednesday evening and is free and open to the public.   The CF Lecture Series is presented by Contemporary Forum and generously sponsored by Fennemore Craig, P.C. Image Credit Eric Fischl, Tumbling Woman, 2002. Bronze. Lent by the G.U.C. Collection

Collecting Mid-Century Modern Textiles

Apr 11, 2015, 3pm
Ellman Fashion Design Gallery Join fashion collector and biographer Kirk Brown for a talk on Czech-born fabric designer Jacqueline Groag, whose playful and modern textiles uplifted the taste of Britain in the postwar era. Cost: Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Presented in collaboration with Modern Phoenix. Image Credit Jacqueline Groag, (Czech-born, 1903-1985) Dress, 1940s (detail). Printed nylon. Lent by Richard Chamberlain. Photo by Ken Howie.

Student Salon: Pattern Play

Apr 11, 2015, 10:30am
Ellman Fashion Design Gallery Take part in an exclusive walkthrough of Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag with Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design, Collectors Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III, and Shaunna Shelby, Curator for the Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III Collection. Participation is limited to high school and college-level students and teachers.  Cost:  The lecture is included with general admission and free for Museum Members but reservations are required. RSVP to For questions email This is event is organized in partnership with Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Modern Phoenix. Image Credit Jacqueline Gro... (View more)