Celebrating Phoenix’s Legacy of Art
“The Gallery @ City Hall” is dedicated to displaying rotating exhibitions of art from the City's historic municipal Art Collection of approximately 1,000 portable works and highlighting exemplary projects commissioned by the award-winning Phoenix Public Art Program. Opened in May 2012 to celebrate Arizona's Centennial (click here for the
video), it offers Phoenix residents and visitors alike, a museum-like setting to view and enjoy the legacy of art that Phoenicians began building nearly a century ago in 1915.
The Gallery @ City Hall is supported by private contributions from businesses and residents throughout the city and region, and operated by volunteers. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public.
"Back and Forth: Observaciones de la Vida"
On view November 14, 2016 through February 3, 2017
“Back and forth: Observaciones de la vida,” which highlights Mexican folk art and prints by Mexican-American artists in the City of Phoenix art collection, opens Monday, November 14, at The Gallery @ City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. The exhibition features 34 works by 33 artists from throughout Mexico and the American Southwest.
The folk art comes from the City’s Mexican Folk Art Collection, and the Movimiento Artistico del Rio Salado (M.A.R.S.) Mexican-American Print Series. The folk art celebrates the diverse ways in which contemporary Mexican artists and artisans have tapped the vibrant craft traditions of Mexico to create beautiful common objects. The prints reveal the unique ways Mexican-American artists of the 1980s and 1990s employed popular themes and struggles to challenge expectations about their identity and art.
The Mexican Folk Art Collection has over 150 objects purchased or commissioned from Mexican artists in the early 1990s. They range from candelabras and combs to masks, ceramics, tapestries and papier maché figures. The Phoenix Public Art Program commissioned the collection in 1991 for display at the Ironwood Public Library.
The Mexican-American Print Series was produced between 1985 and 2000 by the Phoenix artist collective Movimiento Artistico de Rio Salado (M.A.R.S.), and has become an important resource for the study of late 20th Century Chicano Art in the Southwest. Several prints are on loan from the Phoenix Airport Museum and a private collection.
(left) Me and My Compadre, Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, Lithograph, 1989
Ocotlán Female Ceramic Figures, Taller de Irene R. Aguilar Alcántara, Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico, Ceramic, c. 1992
Located on the ground floor of City Hall, 200 West Washington Street, in Phoenix. The Gallery is free and open to the public from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.Street parking is available as well as the City parking garage at 305 W. Washington St.,at thesouth west corner of Washington andThird Avenue.Please call 602-262-4637 for more information.
To become a gallery volunteer:
To learn more about how to volunteer and to apply online, visit.Selected volunteers will participate in a two-hour training program to learn about the gallery exhibit and the Phoenix Municipal Art Collection. For more information visit phoenix.gov/arts.arts or call 602-262-4637.
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"Landscape and Lens: The West Photographed," - March 2, 2015 to September 30, 2015
"Wear and Care: Conserving the Public's Art," - October 12, 2015 - November 3, 2016