The Phoenix Art Museum, like so many other museums, has enlarged a lot. There is plenty of showy stuff around, such as giant spaces with huge sculptures and paintings in minimalist style, calculated to elicit an "Oh Wow! that must have cost a lot of money" response. And there was also the Hollywood Costume exhibit, which was nonsense and an embarrassment, cheap, lousy, full of electronic tricks that did not thrill.
But for all that this is a serious museum, and I was only able to give close attention to two exhibits due to time and energy limitations.
Many years ago, I saw the Thorne miniature rooms at the Chicago Art Insitute but was not aware that the Phoenix Museum has 20 of these marvels of miniaturization. The pictures I was able to take were not very good, but this shows how a room looks in its frame. These treasures are hard to photograph.
This website shows some pretty good views of some of the rooms. I just loved these works and examined each one with great care. They really need to be seen in person to enjoy the perfect details, the vivid colors and the careful way they have been illuminated.
The other exhibit I enjoyed was one of Latin American Art: Peruvian and Mexican. I would have sailed right by these paintings if I had not been to Peru and seen cheap imitations of Peruvian colonial art and wondered what they were about. These are very peculiar stylistic hybrids.
This is a closup of a painting from the Cuzco School of the Madonna in a sentimental style with characteristic ornamentation of flowers and jewels.
And this anonymous 18th Century painting from Peru is "St. Bernard Receiving the Blood of Christ and the Milk of the Virgin."
I really want to come back and see more of the many treasures this museum has to offer. So yes, no doubt this is not my last visit to Phoenix!
Phoenix is the kind of place that demands a kind of suspension of disbelief, but I'm from California and can get used to it! There is a lot of amazing stuff here. The bad gets more publicity than the good, especially the very bad political climate, but there is much to admire here. Not unlike California!
So today we are checking out of our hotel and driving up to Sedona.