Celebrating Phoenix’s Legacy of Art
“The Gallery @ City Hall” is dedicated to displaying rotating exhibitions of art from the City'shistoric municipal Art Collection of approximately 1,000 potableworks, andhighlighting exemplary projects commissioned by the award-winning Phoenix Public Art Program. Opened in May 2012 to celebrate Arizona's Centennial (click here for the youtube
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 galleryis opento the public.
"Wear and Care: Conserving the Public's Art"
- on display beginning October 5, 2015
“Wear and Care: Converving the Public's Art,” highlights the conservation of the city’s century-old collection of small-scale artworks and more recent large-scale public art. The exhibition includes 15 displays exploring the impact that sunshine, sticky fingers, dirty air and other environmental factors have on artworks, both large and small, outdoors and indoors. Drawn from the city's Municipal Art Collection, it highlights the work conservators perform to preserve paintings, prints and other small works. It also reveals how the durability of materials and construction details helps to shape the design of such large-scale city works as shade structures, bridges, walls and monumental sculptures.
Highlights include two recently-cleaned historic paintings by Charles Reiffel and Maurice Braun. Displayed here for the first time since their cleanings, they reveal the rich colors the artists intended before nearly a century of grime and yellowing varnish clouded the surfaces. Viewers also will be able to see the dramatic, before and after effects of conservation in a 99-year-old painting by Benjamin Brown, which was half cleaned for this exhibition.
For people interested in learning how to care for their own collections of family photographs and documents, the show reveals how exposure to light, acidic matt boards and improper adhesives can damage works of art.
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.
"Place: Images of the West" - March 2, 2012 toSeptember 14, 2012
"Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks" - October 5, 2012 to May 21, 2013
"Feel the Heat: Desert Prints" - June 7, 2013 to February 4, 2014
“Art Under Foot: Handmade Floors at the PHX Sky Train,” - February 18, 2014 to February 27, 2015
"Landscape and Lens: The West Photographed," - March 2, 2015 to September 30, 2015