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1625 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 | Central Phoenix | 602-257-1222

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Located on the Central Avenue Corridor, a historic strip of Downtown Phoenix, the Phoenix Art Museum offers plenty to see for art aficionados and amateurs alike. It's the largest museum for visual art in the Southwest and offers 285,000-square-foot of collections that include more than 17,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. Since opening in 1959 the museum has hosted some 400 exhibitions and has been enjoyed by millions of vistors. Popular exhibits have included “The Art of Video Games,” “Order, Chaos, and the Space Between” and “Digital Print Fashion.” The museum also offer free admission every Wednesday night from 3 to 6 p.m. as well as on every first Friday of the month for the Downtown Phoenix art walk. It also houses the PhxArtKids galley, with pieces to appeal specifically to youngsters, a museum shop and the restaurant, Palette.


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  • Jackalope Ranch: Visual Art
    If you are already a regular at some of the many Western-themed galleries in Old Town Scottsdale, mosey on over to the Phoenix Art Museum this month to check out the museum's second...
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    Fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (ourselves included) know that the show's 1920s-style wardrobe rivals in engrossing spectacle the intricate, gangster-heavy, Prohibition-set plot....
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    All right, smarty pants, you think you've got a handle on all things brainy? We've got news for you: the Valley's rife with all sorts of experts who dabble in arts, sciences, and...
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    In the eyes of Phoenix Art Museum curators, bigger isn’t always better -- but it’s certainly a popular trend in photography. The museum’s current collection of photographs...
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    Halloween, 1978. In the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois, a man named Michael Myers goes fruit-ninja with a butcher knife on three babysitters. And a dog. And a boyfriend. And a truck...
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    While flower power idealism changed the world in the 1960s, that’s not to say that hippies have had it easy since. The Last of the Haussmans is a humorous exploration of what happens...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Fashion
    Phoenix Art Museum's Modern Spirit: Fashion of the 1920s, is a condensed yet fascinating look a period of age of jazz, flappers, and art deco. Many of the styles seen in the exhibition are...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    All right, smarty pants, you think you've got a handle on all things brainy? We've got news for you: the Valley's rife with all sorts of experts who dabble in arts, sciences, and everything...
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    The French rep for being snooty snobs is not entirely unfounded. In the world of high-end couturiers, Parisian designers have always held an air of superiority over their American...
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    Although Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carrie Mulligan, was pushed back from its originally scheduled winter 2012...
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    China's most prominent artist and political activist Ai Weiwei is known for his outspoken political views, controversial art installations, and fiery past with Chinese authorities. He was...
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    This year’s September issue of Vogue weighs in at a whopping 4 pounds 10 ounces thanks to its 916 pages of fall fashion -- 658 of which are ads. But it wasn’t always such a...
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    While Hispanic Heritage Month officially won't start until Saturday, September 15, Phoenix Art Museum's film festival Cine Latino will get a jump start on celebrating. Thanks to a grant from...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    See also: David Cronenberg's Vision of the Cosmopolis See also: The Lurid Pleasure of Killer Joe While Hispanic Heritage Month officially won't start until Saturday, September 15, Phoenix...
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    The adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is always in style, and, in our fast-paced, capture-the-moment, Instagrammed world, this is even more pervasive. It is the idea that...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Visual Art
    See also: A collection of local photographers and artists in our 2010 Creatives and 2012 Creatives feature See also: Bob Carey on Art, Photography, and "The Tutu Project" The year of the...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    See also: Ruby Sparks: Finally, the Fantasy Girlfriend Is Fiction See also: Scottsdale International Film Festival Announces 2012 Lineup Sometimes a movie screens for one night only, and...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    See also: Laurie Notaro's Five Reasons Why Haboobs Are Awesome See also: Five Must-Attend Lectures in August See also: New Times' Calendar of Events Looking for ways to fill up your...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Shine up those spectacles, aspiring poindexters, because there are plenty of ways to up your I.Q. in August. Here are five lectures that fit the brainy bill. "Wear Paper" @ Phoenix Art...
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    A team of scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and MIT recently figured out how to create organ tissue with blood vessels. While the discovery's upside could be tremendous, a...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Questionable Content
    Welcome to Jackalope Ranch's Questionable Content, where local creatives and experts sound off on topics posed by New Times staff blogger Claire Lawton and the community. Have a question...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Fashion
    See also: Dennita Sewell's Five Facts You Didn't Know about the Little Black Dress See also: Dennita Sewell on the Couture Collection of Ann Bonfoey Taylor For local photographer and...
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    Through digital collages of photographs, historical documents, iconography, and ephemera, Stephen Marc tells stories of the Underground Railroad. Marc’s known as a pioneer in his...
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    See also: Grab a Golden Ticket for "Independents" Week See also: Five Must-See Movies in July Looking for ways to fill up your weekend? Here are your five best bets for getting out and...
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    The past weeks have been busy for local movie buffs Jeremiah Wilkerson and Andrea Beesley. The geeky cinéaste couple, who formerly ran repertory theater The Royale in Mesa, has...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    There's no better escape than the one found in a theater seat in front of a large screen. Great films take their audiences to cool, faraway places with interesting characters and captivating...
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    Continuing Phoenix Art Museum's ongoing film series with PBS is an inspirational documentary about a group of senior citizens who have greeted more than 900,000 homewardbound troops arriving...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Top Lists
    Ah, tourists. In Phoenix, we'll be hardpressed to point out a tourist at any given theater, museum, or cultural center -- we're all wearing T-shirts and shorts, most of us are taking...
  • Culture: Art
    The current exhibition "Paper!" at Phoenix Art Museum includes a piece by contemporary artist Jasper Johns called The Critic Sees, a 1967 silkscreen in which the embossed word...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Each week, Jackalope Ranch brings you a free event, workshop, or you-name-it happening in Phoenix. Because sometimes the best things in life really are free. This week's freebie: Regular...
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    National Theatre Live presents an encore showing of Frankenstein starring Jonny Lee Miller as the Monster and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Frankenstein. Wed., June 13, 2 & 7 p.m., 2012
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    So what if school's out for summer? June promises plenty in the way of brainy endeavors. Drop the beer bong, resist that urge to wear a swimsuit as everyday clothing, and dig a pen and some...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Get off the couch. Get outta the house. Here are our top picks for things to do this weekend. Douchebag Party @ Smashboxx Fear not the douchiness within. Embrace your inner fake tan, hair...
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    Ira Glass’ nasally, comforting voice leisurely moving through our speakers on a Saturday afternoon means one thing: WBEZ Chicago’s This American Life is on. Well, okay, two...
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    Paper has long been one of man’s greatest tools -- for communication, art, and the occasional origami fortuneteller -- and this summer, it’s in the spotlight at Phoenix Art...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Literary
    Gregory Sale, who won the Mid-Career Artist Award at last year's Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum, passed the baton at the 2012 awards ceremony last week with an art opening in the...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Arizona filmmakers Susan Broude and Tami Pivnick set out with some heavy goals: to give a voice to bullied youth across the nation, to challenge everyone to treat others as they would like...
  • Jackalope Ranch: News
    Last night, Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum awarded eight local artists who've made a mark in the contemporary scene. The annual event recognizes up to seven emerging Arizona...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Visual Art
    International Museum Day is right around the corner and a handful of museums in Phoenix have big plans. But the designated day has less to do with parties and deals and more to do with...
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    Frank Sinatra was many things: serial husband, blue-eyed crooner, alleged mafia participant, and Oscar winner. But a fashion plate? That typically doesn’t make the list of his defining...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Film and TV
    Sometimes a movie screens for one night only, and sometimes it shows for weeks or months. That's why when it comes to moviegoing, planning ahead is crucial. Planners that we are, we've...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    So what if school's all but out for summer? May promises plenty in the way of brainy endeavors. Drop the beer bong, resist that urge to wear a swimsuit to the grocery store, and dig a pen...
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    Although any fashion fiend worth her salt wouldn’t dare get them wet, the new and historic items of clothing exhibited in "The Sea" were inspired by bodies of water and nautical...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Shine up those spectacles, aspiring poindexters, because there are plenty of ways to up your I.Q. in April. Here are five lectures that will fit the brainy bill. 5. From the Big Bang to...
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    Artists discussing their own work and impact makes a lot more sense to us than scholars attempting to decipher their depth and breadth in the past tense. The documentary Robert Motherwell:...
  • Culture: Art
    In the back of the exhibition space for "And the Land Grew Quiet: New Work by Matthew Moore" sits a crazy one-and-a-half-scale stud-skeleton house. Built askew and appearing to be sinking...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Visual Art
    Matthew Moore grew up in Waddell, Arizona, on his family's farm that's been around since the 1920s. Much of the local artist's work is influenced by the landscape he remembered from...
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    With swimsuit season comes the frenetic desire to drop pounds in hopes of appearing jiggle-free in a teeny bikini. But what good is a banging bod if the ensemble isn’t seaworthy? Find...
  • News: Features
    Better chug a Red Bull before you walk into "Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century," currently taking up Steele Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum. You'll need it. Yes,...
  • Chow Bella: Events
    Another year has come and gone, and once again Devoured has demonstrated the gastronomical fortitude required to take on upwards of 50 different dishes in one fell swoop. Jennifer Woods rose...
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    Many factors contribute to the overall impression of a place. From music and artwork to food and drink, a city’s identity is defined by what its artists create and what its consumers...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Visual Art
    Mike Kelley was a contemporary American artist who was known for his collaborations in collage, textile, found object assemblages, and performances. He was a student of John Baldessari,...
  • Chow Bella: Events
    Whoa, where did the month of January go? Blink again and it could be the end of February, which would mean the third annual Devoured Culinary Classic -- the Valley's most popular culinary...
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    Visit Phoenix Art Museum's Orme Lewis Gallery and soak up "Sacred Word and Image: Five World Religions,” an exhibition divided into themes such as sacred spaces, language as...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Fashion
    Despite Julia Chaplin's seemingly constant globe-trotting (she's recently spent time in Uruguay and Brazil, and travels to Mexico today), the writer insists she's an interloper -- a sort of...
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    Jet set + Gypsy = Gypset. That’s the basis of writer Julia Chaplin’s coffee table book, Gypset Style, which unearths the bohemian counterculture of stylish world travelers. It...
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    Before the age of celebutantes starring in all-too-revealing reality programs and sex tapes serving as stepping stones to stardom, being young, fabulous, and in the public eye was more about...
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    This year marks the 75th anniversary of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Scottsdale home, studio, and workspace, Taliesin West. To celebrate, Phoenix Art Museum will present "Frank Lloyd...
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    Google an image of architect Fay Jones’ masterpiece Thorncrown Chapel. The non-denominational Arkansas house of worship is one of the most famous designs from the American Institute of...
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    Bad-ass ladies in killer jumpsuits are easy to come by. Toss some espionage into the mix, and the result is usually entertaining. Think ISIS assassin Lana Kane on Archer, Marvel’s...
  • Culture: Art
    Visiting the show "Seeing Is Believing: Rebecca Campbell and Angela Ellsworth," now on display at the Phoenix Art Museum, I have to descend a small flight of steps, which seems somehow...
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    The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and San Xavier del Bac are all Arizona icons that have been captured by some equally iconic photographers. You can take a gander at the combination, on view at...
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    Picture this: the Palace of Versailles in the early ‘70s. The crème de la crème of French and American designers, including Oscar de la Renta and Yves Saint Laurent,...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Fashion
    The Vogue shoe closet -- Carrie Bradshaw thought it was an urban shoe myth, but the maker's of the documentary God Save My Shoes are going to let you peruse the rows upon rows of...
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    Nieman Marcus’ senior vice president and fashion director Ken Downing has the desirable duty of attending fashion shows around the world. After New York, London, Paris, and Milan wrap,...
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    Italian fashion house Missoni’s diffusion Target collection caused nothing short of hullabaloo, overrunning the retailer’s website and stores. The pieces covered in the...
  • Up on the Sun: Movies
    One of the preeminent rock bands of the 1980s finally has gotten the rock-doc treatment, and local fans of The Replacements will get a chance to see it at 7:30 p.m. today at the Phoenix Art...
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    A well-made documentary can make the most inane things seem interesting, even if the subject matter is downright tedious. Just look at Scrabble flick Word Wars or the quarter-pumping arcade...
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    Luxurious materials, a unique build, and a healthy dose of fashion mag hype are key ingredients in the making of an “it bag.” From Proenza Schouler’s trendy PS1 to classics...
  • Culture: Art
    I'm always somewhat leery of museum exhibitions based on work collected by one person. Many times, these shows are less than stellar, with an unsuspecting viewing audience ending up a...
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    Media hype makes all fundamentalist Mormon men out to be pedophiles or players, while their women are cast as pitiable victims in dowdy dresses. In reality, most of the LDS community...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Visual Art
    To kickoff the Celebración Artística de las Américas Festival (Artistic Celebration of the Americas), a group of local artists will lead an informal discussion panel on the Phoenix Art...
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    Luis Barragan was arguably the most influential Mexican architect of the 20th century. His works engaged natural settings and pre-existing structures in an arresting interplay of shape and...
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    Most Phoenicians have had a clever friend who once filled in the space between her eyebrows and dressed like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo for Halloween. That's how iconic Kahlo's surrealistic...
  • Culture: Art
    There is chatter all around. Near the ice-blue evening gown of silk satin with chinchilla cuffs, and the duo of gray Madame Gres day dresses, and by the case with the striking, gold metal...
  • Culture: Art
    I'm sort of befuddled about the recent requiems for Phoenix arts community members who've left town for greener pastures — just as they always have and just as they always will. Okay,...
  • Culture: Art
    "Eleven French Artists. One Revolutionary Event," screams the headline for Phoenix Art Museum's self-proclaimed blockbuster, "Masterpiece Replayed: Monet, Matisse & More." PAM's current...

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