Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions
Myth, Legend and Lore
Terminal 4, level 3 Gallery
July 31, 2021 through Feb. 20, 2022
For thousands of years, humans have brought creatures to life through traditional stories, songs, poems and artworks. Real and fantastic beasts have captured our imagination since the beginning of time. These include dragons, unicorns and animal tricksters,
which have been used to illustrate everything from ancient beliefs and fables to modern-day movies and even advertising.
This exhibition presents paintings, sculptures and prints by 11 artists who take their inspiration from the natural and supernatural world. Some of them have reimagined elements from their own cultural background while others have taken an anthropomorphic approach by putting animals in a human situation to tell a personal story. Two of the artists have crafted works from fiber-art materials to illustrate ancient writings or to conjure up creatures never seen before.
Cultural stories are preserved and progressed by artists who retell them through their artwork. Whether colorful, surreal or ethereal, this exhibition is sure to impart a sense of wonder in the viewer. Enter this imaginative world and explore the art of Myth, Legend and Lore.
Image caption: Mary Wilhelm, The Gift, 2020, oil on canvas, courtesy of artist
Terminal 4, level 3, near center (west of food court)
Through April 2022
A stereotypical view of the American West is not complete without courageous cowboys, lawless frontier towns and a desolate desert. For more than a century, this idealized imagery of the region has been embellished upon and fabricated through film, literature, advertisements and fine art. These romanticized visions and mythic tales of the “Old West” continue to cloud the truth about what life really looks like, even today, in Arizona and the Southwest.
This exhibition features 13 artists who both celebrate and challenge these depictions. Some artists create their own interpretations of cowboys, cactus and the desert climate to describe their personal experiences out West. Others use humor in their artwork to poke fun at exaggerated “Hollywood” portrayals. Whether it’s based in fact or fiction, this exhibition highlights how popular culture has - and continues to - shape our Western Perception.
Image caption: Stephen Morath, Arizona Noche, 1994, serigraphic print, Phoenix Airport Museum Collection
From Studio to Street
Terminal 4, level 3, eight cases on east and west ends
Through May 2022
Once synonymous with tagging and urban decline, graffiti art has evolved into an artform that can now be viewed as an indicator of a city thriving with creativity. Street art has moved beyond stylized lettering and stencils to larger-than-life murals in every imaginable style, from abstract to photorealistic. Today, this immersive public art enlivens urban neighborhoods, creates a sense of place and is accessible to everyone.
Here in Phoenix, artists armed with brushes, rollers and spray cans are transforming featureless city blocks into artistic centerpieces. Once vacant walls now showcase painted murals in a variety of themes and styles that encourage people to visit, explore and interact with. Technicolor sunsets, skulls or Chicano lowriders all remind us of local culture and where we live while other Phoenix murals pay homage to rock stars, promote social awareness or present contemplative works of intricate patterns or surreal portraits.
This exhibition presents the work of nine artists who create in their studios as well as enhance our Phoenix streets with painted murals. Each of these artists have contributed their unique style and message to make the City more colorful and meaningful.
Whether they began their artistic career painting on canvas or the side of a building, these artists take their art From Studio to Street.
Thomas "Breeze" Marcus
Such Styles and Champ Styles
Image caption: Lalo Cota, Untitled, 2015, spray paint on fence panel, 6 x 8', Courtesy of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Style in the Aisle
Mid-Century Airline Identity
Terminal 4, level 2 near ticketing
Through January 2022
Glamour defined the mid-20th century – in both popular culture and in the air. The sixties ushered in a new era of colorful design that allowed Airlines to stand out from one another. They made their mark through branding, food and fashion.
The culture of air travel had progressed into a posh experience where passengers dressed up and in-flight service consisted of a seven-course meal on fine china. Stewardesses wore stylish uniforms by internationally known designers, which was a far cry from the early days of travel when flight attendants were nurses or wore more practical clothing or military inspired outfits.
Airlines developed personal identity through logos, slogans and current fashion trends. From hot pants, Go-Go boots and fur hats to free champagne, passengers could either go “up, up and away” or “fly the friendly skies.”
This exhibition celebrates the spirit of the golden age of jet travel. On display are flight attendant uniforms and airline amenity items from the 1960s and ’70s. This new era of design gives us a glimpse into a time when there was Style in the Aisle.
Image caption: Airwest Airlines Flight Attendant Uniform, 1969 - 1971, Phoenix Airport Museum Aviation History Collection, Gift of Jeannine Moyle
Hall of Flame
Museum of Firefighting in Phoenix
Terminal 4, level 3 near center
Through April 2022
The world’s largest museum of firefighting, The Hall of Flame in Phoenix, began with a single Christmas gift. In 1955, George F. Getz, Jr. received a 1924 American LaFrance fire engine from his wife, Olive. This gift ignited Getz’s passion for collecting all things related to firefighting and within five years that obsession resulted in enough items to open a museum.
The Hall of Flame features a collection of historical objects from around the world representing three centuries of firefighting equipment. On display are more than 130 firefighting rigs including manual, horse-drawn and motorized apparatus. The
Museum’s Hall of Heroes honors U.S. firefighters who have died in the line of duty and those recognized for acts of heroism. Other Museum highlights include a fire safety exhibition, a mini-theater, hands-on exhibits for children and a vintage
fire engine that visitors can board.
This exhibition of vintage helmets from around the world, speaking trumpets, fire buckets and a handmade model of a fire engine is just a small preview of the extensive collections on display at the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting in Phoenix.
Image caption: 1977 Type 1000 (Century Series) manufactured by American LaFrance, Hall of Flame Museum collection, donated by Michael Worthington