Phoenix might seem like the place to get away from it all this time of year, but July’s art scene might say otherwise.
Art lovers can enjoy dinner and a show at the Arizona Broadway Theater or experience French culture through music at the Musical Instrument Museum. Some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most treasured possessions are in Phoenix for the summer, making his home – Taliesin West – the perfect place to stop and cool off. And, you won’t want to miss the museum’s exhibits featuring the work of textile artist Diedrick Brackens and sculptor Angel Cabrales, as they near the end of their runs in Scottsdale and Mesa.
Although many people have been vaccinated, the COVID-19 pandemic is still a concern. Some interior spaces require visitors to wear masks, maintain physical distance, or take other precautions. Be sure to call or check the website for the place you plan to visit to see what safety precautions might be in place.
Here are some of the arts events you shouldn’t miss in July.
Engraving in Xico
Join Xico for a studio engraving event open on July 11. There are eight places for local printmakers, but anyone can come and watch these artists create their work.
Additionally, Xico will host the work of pop art artist Roberto F. Salmon until August 6. Incorporating both ancestral and contemporary images, Salmon – also known as Papayon – will be featured in the solo exhibition “Disruptive Art” at 829 de Xico Studio downtown. Visitors should call ahead to schedule a visit or attend the final reception on August 6.
Details: Xico Inc., 829 N. 1st Ave., Suite 101, Phoenix. 480-833-5875, xicoinc.org
‘Gilligan’s Island’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at the Arizona Broadway Theater
The Arizona Broadway Theater shows are back, with two headlining plays for July: “Gilligan’s Island” and “Little Shop of Horrors”. “Gilligan’s Island,” based on the popular TV show, will run through July 11, with the premiere of “Little Shop of Horrors” on July 16 and through August 11. Tickets are $ 43 to $ 99 and visitors can catch the show – or for a few extra dollars, a dinner and a show.
Details: Arizona Broadway Theater, 7701 W Paradise Ln, Peoria. 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org/
The life of Frank Lloyd Wright in Taliesin West
Those who love Frank Lloyd Wright – or those who are the least curious about the famous architect – should visit his Scottsdale home. This summer, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation unveils Wright’s hat and cane, two of its signature accessories. Additional items from his private collections will also be on display, including Buddhist artifacts by Wright and Chinese screen paintings. The hat and cane will be on display until August 29.
Visitors can take the new “Guided by Wright” self-guided audio tour – which uses recordings from Wright himself – or book a “Guided Tour”, which is a 60-minute guided tour.
Details: Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-860-2700, franklloydwright.org
Summer Season Shows at the Phoenix Theater Company
The Phoenix Theater Company’s summer season offers a pair of plays for July.
“Daddy Long Legs” is a musical tale by Cinderella about an intelligent young woman, Jerusha Abbott, with a mysterious benefactor who sends her to college. The story is told through a series of letters that Jerusha writes to her boss. The play runs through July 18.
Then there will be another musical, “Pump Boys and Dinettes”. This story, which takes place at a gas station and restaurant in Grand Ole Opry country, features a lively country music score. This production takes place from July 21 to August. 22.
Details: Phoenix Theater Company, 1825 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com
Experience France at the Musical Instruments Museum:
The Musical Instruments Museum will host its annual Experience France weekend from July 10 to 11. Museum curator David Wegehaupt will take an in-depth look at the instruments, factors, and centuries of different notable musical traditions featured in this exhibit. Visitors can also make their own French drums, listen to a local musician play the accordion, and hear the Arizona ZAZU West ensemble play gypsy jazz, a French musical style popularized in the 1930s by musicians like guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Details: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-478-6000. mim.org
Rudi Gernreich at the Phoenix Art Museum
Fashion icon Rudolph Gernreich, also known as Rudi, strongly believed that gender didn’t matter when it came to style. Gernreich created many of the gender-nonconforming styles seen today, including the thong, monokini, and pantsuit. Over 80 pieces from Gernreich’s sets, original sketches, personal documents, videos and audio recordings are on display in the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibition “Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich”. The show is on view until September 26.
Details: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix., 602-257-1880, phxart.org
‘Arch of rushes’ at SMoCA
Enjoy “Ark of Bulrushes” featuring works by Texan artist, Diedrick Brackens. Best known for his vibrant woven tapestries that tell stories of being black and gay, Brackens’ works will be on display at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary through August 22.
Details: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. 480-874-4666. smoca.org.
Art in Focus: Highlighting Women at the ASU Art Museum
This exhibition presents works on paper, ceramics, baskets and wooden objects made by women. Featured artists include Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, Sandra Ramos, Maria Martinez, Rose Cabat and Louise Nevelson.
This exhibition runs until August 15.
Details: ASU Art Museum, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe. 480-965-2787, asuartmuseum.asu.edu
Angel Cabrales at the Mesa Arts Center
The El Paso-based sculptor reinvents history in a parallel universe inspired by science fiction. Entitled “The Uncolonized: A Vision in the Parallel, Cabrales shows a world where the Western Hemisphere was never colonized. Until August 8th.
Details: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. 480-644-6500. mesaartscenter.com.