Exhibition Details

Location: Katz Wing, Main Level
Dates: September 8, 2018
to January 6, 2019


Roy Lichtenstein, Brush Stroke with Still Life VII, 1996. Oil and Magna on canvas. Collection of Dawn and David Lenhardt. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

Present Tense: Selections from the Lenhardt Collection highlights artworks by various masters of modern and contemporary art. Showcasing more than 20 paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures by artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, Louise Lawler, and others, Present Tense is completely drawn from the private collection of Dawn and David Lenhardt. The exhibition will also feature a recent Museum acquisition, entitled Narnia, by Brooklyn-based painter Shara Hughes, a contemporary artist who was a stand-out in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Narnia is the first artwork purchased using funds provided by the Lenhardt Emerging Artist Acquisition Fund, which helps the Museum collect works by next-generation contemporary artists.

Featuring various examples of contemporary art from the Lenhardt Collection, Present Tense places recent acquisitions by the Lenhardts in conversation with works by modern-art icons. Ten Campbell Soup prints by Andy Warhol and a late-career painting by Roy Lichtenstein, all acquired by the Lenhardts early in their collecting career, are displayed alongside a range of artworks by various living contemporary artists, including Ugo Rondinone, Rashid Johnson, and Sterling Ruby, to name a few.

Both the exhibition and the acquisition are key elements of the Dawn and David Lenhardt Contemporary Art Initiative, a program launched in 2017 with the aim of strengthening the Museum’s focus on contemporary art. Established in 2017 through the generosity of the Lenhardt family, the Dawn and David Lenhardt Contemporary Art Initiative enables the Museum to strengthen its focus on contemporary art collecting, education, and exhibition through multiple programs, including the annual Lenhardt Lecture, the Lenhardt Emerging Artist Acquisition Fund, and a named gallery space, featuring a rotating series of loans from the Lenhardt family’s private collection.


Present Tense is on view from September 8 through December 16, 2018, in the Museum’s soon-to-be-named Dawn and David Lenhardt Gallery.


Exhibition Preview: September First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum
September 7, 2018  |  6 pm - 10 pm 

Be the first to see Present Tense at September First Friday! See event page for more details. 

Lenhardt Emerging Artist Lecture Series: Shara Hughes
Wednesday, October 24, 
2018 | 7 pm

Phoenix Art Museum will welcome Shara Hughes as the inaugural speaker of the Emerging Artist Lecture Series presented by the Dawn and David Lenhardt Contemporary Art Initiative. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), and The Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), among others.

Visit event page for all details.



General Admission:
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID) 
— Children (Ages 6-17)

All exhibitions and installations are included with General Admission. 

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This exhibition is open to the public during voluntary-donation, pay-what-you-wish hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and from noon–5 pm on the second Sunday of each month.
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Shara Hughes, Narnia (detail), 2017. Oil and acrylic on canvas. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum. Purchased with funds provided by the Dawn and David Lenhardt Emerging Artist Acquisition Fund.

Sterling Ruby, WIDW. BALLISTIC. (detail), 2017. Acrylic, oil, elastic and cardboard on canvas. Lenhardt Collection. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer. © Sterling Ruby. Courtesy Sterling Ruby Studio.

Ugo Rondinone, blue red mountain, 2016. Painted stone and stainless steel with pedestal. Image courtesy of the Artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Copyright Ugo Rondinone.