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 Zúñiga,Rosa Sentada (Seated Rosa), 1983, lithograph, 32 x 24”, © Fundación Zúñiga Laborde A.C. (Mexico)
DeAnn Melton and John Dawson
Terminal 4, Level 3 (8 display cases)
Through January 12, 2014
This exhibition features portraiture by two Arizona artists, DeAnn Melton and John Dawson. Although both artists may depict people, their style and approach in finding the person’s inner character is different.
Tucson artist DeAnn Melton chose to paint her peers and created a series of contemporary artists’ portraits. Working from life in their studio, Melton captured the posed artist’s physical likeness. By interviewing and interacting with her subjects she also included information or clues in the background that reveal something about their personality, studio and artwork.
Mesa artist John Dawson mostly creates imaginary portraits exploring the human psyche by capturing an emotion or mood. Not concerned with depicting an exact representation of a particular person, he deliberately erases or distorts some of his subjects’ features. By combining and layering additional imagery and elements in the portrait, he creates complex works that are psychological in nature.
Creating more than just a likeness, Melton and Dawson explore their subjects inside and out to create Revealing Portraits.
John Dawson,Lady and the Cheetah, ©2011, mixed media on canvas, 54 x 40”
Cartography and the Cultural Terrain: Photography by Deborah Springstead Ford
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Terminal 4, Level 3, Center Wall South
July 13, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Arizona artist Deborah Springstead Ford explores the American westward expansion from a cultural and personal viewpoint. Her work combines her landscape photography with historic diaries and cartography (map making). “I overlaid maps, letters and other printed imagery on to silver gelatin photographs to express the cultural notion of geography. I create my photographic images to make sense of the history of the western American landscape.”
People migrated west for gold, land and religious freedom forming connections to the land. The names on the maps reveal the history and cultural influences on the region. Cultural attitudes and identity are reflected in cartographic place names. Counties and geographical features were sometimes named after settlers or prominent citizens such as Hyde County, named for James Hyde or Judith Mountains named for an early explorer’s fiancé.
People leave their story behind through maps. Ford’s images capture a sense of place and time through her layers of imagery creating this series, Cartography and the Cultural Terrain.
Deborah Springstead Ford, AH, ©2010, silver gelatin photograph, 20 x 21”