- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: May 2015
Through May 12
West Valley Art Museum
Celebration of the Artists showcases more than 100 pieces by top Arizona artists, including oils, acrylics, pastels, drawings, photography and mixed-media works. Mary Bruns, Corinne McAuley and Donna Helsip are among the featured artists. M-W, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Th, noon-6 p.m. Free. 8401 W. Monroe St., Peoria, wvam.org, 623-972-0635.
ASU Art Museum
Tan Ping: Follow My Line, through May 16; Unfixed: New Painting, through June 6; The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive, through June 20; and Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion, through July 11. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.
Challenger Space Center
Designed to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages about the mysteries and wonders of space, science and the universe in which we live, this world-class complex offers space missions, camps, lectures, classes, stargazing nights, and more. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children 3-12; free, children 2 and younger. 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2012.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, through May 3; Cowgirls with a Camera, through May 31; and A Piece of the Enchanted Land: Ceramic Creations from New Mexico Pueblos, through Jan. 3. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $7.50, adults; $6, seniors; free, youth 16 and younger. 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, westernmuseum.org, 928-684-2272.
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
Fire history exhibits cover nearly an acre, including more than 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus from around the world, as well as the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism, a memorial to the firefighters and other rescue workers lost on 9/11, a large fire safety exhibit that includes a two-room safety house, and many hands-on exhibits for children. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $4, children 6-17; $1.50, children 3-6. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.
Time Exposures: A Photographic History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century, through Sept. 27; Loloma: Expressions in Metal, Ink and Clay, through Oct. 4; Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art, through Nov. 29; and The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century, through April 3, 2016. M-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848. The museum is part of the Blue Star Museum Initiative, which offers free general admission for all active-duty military personnel and their families, May 25-Sept. 7.
House of Broadcasting
Dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history, personalities and paraphernalia of radio and TV in Arizona. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 7150 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, houseofbroadcasting.com, 602-944-1997.
Mesa Contemporary Arts
The Seattle Series, through Aug. 16; ARTillery, through Aug. 16; Vantage Point, May 8-Aug. 16; Rag and Bone Shop, May 8-Aug. 16; and Patched, May 8-Aug. 16. Tu-W, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th-Sa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $3.50; free, children 7 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Mini Time Machine Museum
Dedicated to the preservation and display of antique and contemporary miniatures, the museum features more than 275 miniature houses, room boxes and collectibles. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson, theminitimemachine.org, 520-881-0606.
Musical Instrument Museum
Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World, through June 21, explores drum construction, performance techniques, and the immeasurable and cultural significance of drums around the world. The exhibit also looks at differing concepts of rhythm in Asia, Africa and the Americas, and the role of drums in rituals, military events and even as systems of nonverbal communication. Experience Polynesia, May 23-24, celebrates Pacific Island music and culture with dancing demonstrations, musical performances, a Polynesian-inspired menu and an opportunity to play a ukulele. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Happy Birthday, George! 100 Years of Inspiration, through July 19, commemorates the 100th birthday of George Phippen, the museum’s namesake and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America. Offering a comprehensive presentation of Phippen’s drawings, paintings and sculpture, the exhibit also provides a rare glimpse at sketches never before seen by the public. Art & Heritage of the Cowboy Artists, through Aug. 16, explores the beginning and history of Cowboy Artists of America, with more than 75 pieces of artwork from members past and present. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 12 and younger. 4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, phippenartmuseum.org, 928-778-1385.
Phoenix Art Museum
Contemporary Forum Grant Winners, through May 31; Andy Warhol: Portraits, through June 21; Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag, through Aug. 9; One-of-a-Kind: Unique Photographic Objects from the Center for Creative Photography, through Oct. 25; and Hidden Histories in Latin American Art, May 9-Aug. 23. Call for times and admission prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.
Vistas & Visions of the Colorado Plateau, through Jan. 31, is a solo exhibition for Ron Larson, who creates watercolor and oil paintings inspired by the landscape and natural beauty of the Colorado Plateau region. M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $5, adults; $3, seniors; $1, children 5-15. 6 N. Lake Powell Blvd., Page, powellmuseum.org, 928-645-9496.
Pueblo Grande Museum
Supply and Demand: Hohokam Pottery Production, through Aug. 31, features new research on the Hohokam, which reveals a remarkable economy that relied on the production and distribution of goods at a scale that challenges how we think about prehistoric exchange patterns. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, children 6-17; free, children 5 and younger. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901. Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary hosts author Lori Hines for a lecture on “Arizona History & Prehistoric Past of the Southwest,” at 7:30 p.m. May 6. The facility offers free admission on May 16 in honor of International Museum Day.
River of Time Museum
Guests can trace the steps of ancient people who passed through the area, with exhibits focusing on Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, the Yavapai people and Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. Call for times. $3, adults; $2, seniors; $1, children 5-12. 12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills, riveroftimemuseum.org, 480-837-2612.
Sharlot Hall Museum
Law ’n’ Order, through Feb. 28, salutes the men and women of the sheriff’s office from Prescott’s territorial days to the present. The exhibit includes weapons from all eras of law enforcement, antique handcuffs and leg irons, an 1800s jail cell door, an early “breathalyzer” and a Prohibition-era moonshine still. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; free, children. 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott, sharlot.org, 928-445-3122.
An Essential Relationship: Amateurs and Professionals in Central Arizona Archaeology, through May 31; and a Santo Domingo Pueblo jewelry and art show and sale, May 23-24. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, students; free, children 11 and younger. 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, smokimuseum.org, 928-445-1230. The Second Saturdays lecture series continues at 2 p.m. May 9 with a presentation on “Walking the Corn Pollen Path” by Wallace Brown.
Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery
Page to Screen, through June 6, explores the connections between our imaginations, our favorite books and the movies that result from them. Call for times. Free. 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tcagallery, 480-350-2822.
Tempe History Museum
The Tempe Sound, through Oct. 5, tells the story of music in Tempe with hundreds of pieces of music paraphernalia honoring groups such as The Refreshments, St. Madness, and Walt Richardson and the Morningstar Band. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.
Process and Materiality: The Bronze Artistry of John Coleman with Erik Petersen, through Sept. 30; Fine Art of the American West: People and Places, through Sept. 30; Will James: Cowboy Artist and Author, through Sept. 30; and Inspirational Journey: The Story of Lewis and Clark, featuring artwork by Charles Fritz, through May 31, 2016. Tu-W, F-Sa, 9:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $13, adults; $11, seniors; $8, students and children 6-17. 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, scottsdalemuseumwest.org, 480-686-9539.
Shemer Art Center
Force of Nature, May 7-June 18, showcases works by artists who use nature as their media, subject matter, or to make a statement about ecological or environmental issues. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Th, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-262-4727.
Prescott Center for the Arts
Drips and splats add energy and movement to works in all mediums that are on exhibit in Drip, Dribble and Splat, May 11-June 27. An opening reception with refreshments takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. May 15. M, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. Free. 208 N. Marina St., Prescott, pca-az.net, 928-445-3286.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Collective Dissent: The SMS Portfolios, May 16-Sept. 13; and MetaModern, May 30-Aug. 30. W, F-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 15 and younger; free admission on Thursdays. 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.