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Phoenix Art Museum April Exhibitions

Two highly anticipated exhibitions will be making their Phoenix Art Museum debut come April.


5 Highly Anticipated Spring Art Exhibitions You Need To See

By Taylor Transtrum

Photos courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum


Alas, spring is in the air - as is art. Here are five upcoming art exhibitions you won't want to miss.

1. Longer Ways To Go: Photography of the American Road

Photographs spanning several decades show a story of survival, despair and Americana from the vantage point of life well-traveled alongside the American road in this collaborative exhibition by The Phoenix Art Museum and the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. Put into focus is a diverse body of photographers’ work, including the likes of Walker Evans; Dorothea Lange; Arthur Rothstein; Christopher Churchill; and Ansel Adams, to name a few. The exhibition will be on display at the Phoenix Art Museum from April 15 through Oct. 15. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602.257.1222

2. The Schorr Collection
For four decades, David and Hannah Lewis meticulously accumulated one of the most significant collections of Old Master and 19th-century paintings in the world. This April, the Phoenix Art Museum will display 30 select paintings from the collection, including The Lamentation (1558) by Pieter Jansz; Death of Seneca (c. 1625), by Gerard van Honthorst; and three series of artwork by Francisco Goya. Selections from the Schorr Collection will be on exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum from April 26, 2017 through April 25, 2018. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602.257.1222

Frida Kahlo, "Self-Portrait with Monkeys"

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkeys, 1943. © 2016 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and the INBA.

3. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

As the only stop in the country on Bank of America's Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera world tour, the Heard Museum provides a rare glimpse into the works of the iconic Mexican artists. Thanks to the collection of Jacques Gelman and Natasha Gelman, 33 works will be exhibited in the recently opened Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery from Aug. 11 through Aug. 20. The exhibition will also feature over 50 photographs from artists like Edward Weston, Lola Álvarez Bravo and Kahlo’s father, Guillermo Kahlo. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602.252.8840

4. Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Beginning April 22 and departing July 9, the Heard Museum will display an extensive collection of contemporary Oregon artist Rick Bartow, as organized by The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. The exhibition will feature 115 drawings, paintings, prints, mixed-media works and sculpture, exploring Bartow’s career from the 1970s to the present. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602.252.8840

Luis Cruz Azaceta, "Hell Crossing"

Luis Cruz Azaceta, Hell Crossing, 1991 – 93. Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 54 ¾ inches. Collection of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Dr. Eric Jungermann, 2015.010. © Luis Cruz Azaceta.

 5. The Kindness of Strangers: Recent Acquisitions and Conservation Project

Run, don’t walk, to see this enthralling exhibition of contemporary art, ending on April 23. To create this exhibition, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) dug through a trust collection of 1,834 artworks by 640 different artists to put on display a compelling juxtaposition of media highlighting many favorited recent acquisitions.  7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, 480.874.4666