Arts & Culture
In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein, an exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, will close on Sunday, June 14.
Phoenix Art Museum celebrates the career of one of the most successful American artists of the early 20th century with the opening of the exhibit. A founder of the famed Taos Society of Artists, Blumenschein rocketed into the spotlight with his modernist approach to capturing the American West. This major retrospective, which opened on March 15, covers every aspect of the artist’s career and is the first Blumenschein exhibition in 30 years and the first in Arizona.
The exhibition follows Blumenschein’s life, tracking the artistic, social and political dimensions of his art. It features his major landscape and figural paintings of the Southwest, for which he is best known today, as well as early works from the beginning of his career when he worked in France and as a professional illustrator. As Blumenschein developed as an artist, he also formed a stance on social issues that included pictorial testimonials of the cultural identity of the native people of Taos and respect for their lands.
Blumenschein landed in Taos, New Mexico, as the result of a fortunate accident. He was traveling with fellow artist Bert G. Phillips on a sketching trip from Denver to northern Mexico when a wheel of their carriage broke, leaving them stranded in Taos Valley. The delay gave the artists time to take in the spectacular countryside and interesting cultures of the area. They decided to stay and work in the area, later founding the Taos Society of Artists to promote the splendor of Taos and the art of the American West to larger audiences.
Academically trained in New York and Paris, Blumenschein painted in a style that combined traditional and realistic means of expression with subtle undercurrents of modernism, particularly in his bold use of color and the manner in which he constructed his compositions. In addition to founding the Taos Society of Artists, Blumenschein’s interests in modernism also led him to establish the New Mexico Painters, one of the region’s earliest groups of modernist painters. At the height of his career, he was one of the few artists to have paintings purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave.
For more information, visit www.phxart.org or call 602-257-1880
Councilman Michael Nowakowski invites you to a free movie at the Downtown Civic Space Park featuring Casablanca on Friday, June 12.
The park is located at 424 N. Central Ave and will begin at 8pm. The light rail stops just across the street at Van Buren Street and Central Avenue.
Attention shoppers! The first grocery store to open in downtown Phoenix in nearly 30 years is taking shape.
On a recent afternoon, a crew worked on plumbing and electrical systems for the 2,000-square-foot store, which is expected to open sometime in August. Soon they will bring in refrigerated cases, ovens and other kitchen equipment, said Alan McLaughlin, the store’s general manager.
“We will source everything local,” he said, including meat, milk and cheese. “This will be a hangout place in the neighborhood.”
The $475,000 project is an offshoot of the popular, biweekly Phoenix Public Market, which is run by the non-profit Community Food Connections.
Very exciting for downtown residents and anyone who appreciates locally grown, fresh produce.
It may not be Ben Stiller and a T-Rex skeleton, but the Phoenix Art Museum is mixing up First Friday with some interesting activities this Friday evening, June 5, 2009.
Located in downtown Phoenix along Central Ave. and the light rail line, the Phoenix Art Museum opens its doors to the public each month as part of the First Friday Art Walk, hosted by ArtLink. From 6-10 p.m., visitors can peruse the museum for free. Voluntary donations are accepted as well.
This month, First Friday visitors can participate in weaving activities from 7 – 9 p.m. Medium-sized looms will be set up at several locations throughout the museum as community looms. Volunteers will be on hand with various materials, not just yarn, that guests can add to the different looms. Visitors interested in creating their own weaving can head to the orientation room to make a small weaving of their choosing or add to the large community loom.
There is no sign-up to participate, just show up! A great activity for art lovers of any age that love to create.
Head over to the Heard Museum on Monday, June 8 at 1:30pm for the second Movie Mondays event of the summer.
The museum is showing a 52-minute film called The Salmon Forest. On Canada’s Pacific coast, winding from the north end of Vancouver Island to the Alaskan border, is more than 400 kilometers of forested inlets and islands. This is the largest tract of intact temperate rainforest on Earth. Here, millions of spawning salmon that support dense concentrations of forest life, including grizzly bears, black bears, bald eagles, seals, otters, gulls and the Gitga’at First Nation, return every year. Bathed in mist and rain year-round, this is one of the most biologically diverse and lush places on the planet.
The screening is free with regular museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, $5 for students with a valid student ID, and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under age 6, Heard Museum members and American Indians receive free admission.
The Heard Museum, located at 2301 N. Central Ave., is open from 9:30am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
For more information call 602-252-8848 or visit www.heard.org