Friends of Mexican Art
Celebrate 50 Years of Collecting and Giving
Terminal 4, Level 3 gallery
Through February 23, 2014
Terminal 4, Level 2 display cases
Through March 16, 2014
Mexican culture has long been influenced by a unique combination of prehistoric myth and magic, ancient Aztec and Mayan tradition, European aesthetics and Catholicism. A rich tradition of popular art has evolved, marked by the charm, humor and diversity of the creative spirit. Whether the objects are considered “fine art,” “folk art” or “tourist art,” bought for a home or a museum, they reveal as much about the ideas and culture of the collector as they do the creator.
The Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA) exhibition is featured in three locations in Terminal 4: the Gallery on Level 3 and two display cases on Level 2. The art in this exhibition comes from the private collections of FOMA members, as well as artworks that FOMA gifted to the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum and The Heard Museum.
FOMA members have a passion for the arts and culture of Mexico. They choose to share this passion with the Arizona community so that the arts of Mexico may give the viewer a greater understanding of the country and its people.
Francisco Zúńiga,Rosa Sentada (Seated Rosa), 1983, lithograph, 32 x 24”, © Fundación Zúńiga Laborde A.C. (Mexico)
Finding the Beauty in Construction
Photographs by Craig Smith
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
Terminal 4, Level 3, center wall south
January 18 – August 31, 2014
The PHX Sky Train® opened in spring of 2013 making it easier for travelers to get to Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4 from the Valley Metro Light Rail and East Economy Parking. The conception and construction of this massive undertaking took years of planning and building.
The driverless electric train runs on an elevated guideway that goes over an active taxiway; the first in the world. The columns supporting the guideway are as deep under the ground as they are tall; up to 125’. The bridge over the taxiway alone took 3,000 cubic yards of concrete; about 45,000 wheelbarrows.
For two years (2010 – 2011), photographer Craig Smith documented the PHX Sky Train® project. He photographed the endeavor at various stages, at different times of day and from different directions. Using his artistic expression he found the beauty in construction.
Craig Smith,September 13, 2010, Evening, Supports for taxiway bridge at South 41st Street, photograph, 24x 16”
Pictured above and to the right.
Craig Smith,September 17, 2010, Evening, looking east at the Terminal 4 parking garage from the PHX Sky Train® guideway, photograph, 17x 24”
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Terminal 4, Level 3, eight display cases
February 1 – August 3, 2014
Flowers have been a subject of art for centuries. With Arizona’s abundance of sunshine there is always something blooming to inspire artists. This exhibition features a diverse selection of floral - themed artworks by 28 Arizona artists from 12 cities around the state.
Artists have taken various approaches using a variety of media to depict naturalistic or fanciful representations of blossoms. Some have interpreted their subject with fabric, hand-crafting fiber art pieces. Others have created paintings, either a close up of a single perfect blossom or an entire garden of blooms. And others have sculpted clay into floral creations. While all like the pure aesthetics of nature and enjoy interpreting it through art.
Whether real or imagined, drawn, painted, sculpted or sewn, the artwork in this exhibition provides a colorful look at flowers from the artist’s perspective.
Sandy Luehrsen, Tree of Life Equator, 2013, ceramic, 18 x 17.5 x 7.5”