Summer Exhibits at Phoenix Art Museum

The temps are rising higher and higher, so why not find cool places to stay cool this summer? Lucky for us, the Phoenix Art Museum has some great exhibits this summer to keep you cool and fascinated.


Hollywood Costume
Making its West Coast premiere the Hollywood Costume, is an exhibition that celebrates and explores costume design as a key component of cinema storytelling. Don’t miss your chance to see Darth Vader, and characters from Kill Bill, Gangs of New York, The Big Lebowski and much more! It’s not just about the clothes, it’s a complete multi-media experience. From research bibles and props to film clips and recorded interviews, you will be intrigued to learn what it takes to design a costume, and from the actor’s perspective what it means to become the character. Such a great exhibit for fashion lovers and movie critics alike! This exhibit runs until July 6.

Kate Winslet, Titanic

Hollywood Red Carpet
“Who are you wearing?!” Now, you can see these fabulous fashions in person, instead of on TV or in a magazine! Of all the fashionable events throughout the year, the Academy Awards® has become the most anticipated and influential in establishing the contemporary definition of evening glamour. Since the mid-1990s Oscar® publicity and prestige are potentially worth millions to fashion designers who compete to dress nominated actresses. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibit is a great way to see these amazing fashions up close. Check out this exhibit until July 27!


The Process and The Page: Developing Photographic Books
Photography more your niche? Make sure you check out this extraordinary exhibit that displays the best of the best in photographs! In the 20th century, American photographer Ansel Adams adopted the book form as a way to organize, disseminate, and promote his artwork. Adams took a keen interest in every aspect of the books’ production and design from sequence and typestyle to reproduction quality and pricing. This exhibit runs until August 17.

McCain exhibit

William H. Johnson: An American Modern
From the impressionism of Paris to the jazz ambiance of Harlem, William H. Johnson (1901-1970) found a singular style of painting that reflected his own African American roots and folk culture. William H. Johnson: An American Modern is a selection of rarely seen paintings that highlight the pivotal stages of Johnson’s career as a modernist painter. Johnson explored aspects of African American culture and spirituality in his art, creating intentionally naïve images that are raw, vibrant and boldly colorful. His works brim with the vitality of life, displaying a strong sense of movement and character. This intimate exhibit is on display until July 13.


With so many great exhibits to choose from, which one will you visit?

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