Becoming Othello: A Black Girl's Journey
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Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey is a 90 minute, 5-Act, living memoir which explores a young woman’s acting journey on the road to becoming Othello, her trials and triumphs with race and the classics, some memorable experiences on her gender flipped journey and her fun-loving and tumultuous youth; complete with moving multimedia images, lyrical language from Black women playwrights, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and the King James Bible, along with soulful songs and the music that shaped her life in her beloved Harlem.
Written and performed by Debra Ann Byrd with Costumes by Gail Cooper-Hecht, Sound Design by David D. Wright, Story Coaching by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein and Workshopped by Tina Packer.
Presented live in partnership with Southwest Shakespeare Company.
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Join us to hear from American former race car driver Lyn St. James, seven time Indy 500 racer and 1992 Indy Rookie of the Year. St. James was a two-time class winner at Daytona, a class winner at Sebring, and a class winner at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. She also competed at 24 Hours of Le Mans, among many other achievements.
Sponsored by Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation
Lecture is included with General Admission. Please purchase tickets by February 5.
ACI Members will receive discount at check-out.
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Join ACI for an afternoon at Phoenix Art Museum with lunch followed by a lecture with guest speaker designer Luisa Cevese - I love waste, working with waste: Luisa Cevese and the Riedizioni Project.
A self-taught accessories designer and textile artist based in Milano, Cevese began her work as an apprentice in Paola Besana’s weaving studio in Milano. She studied weaving, on and off loom techniques, spinning and dying both in Italy, Mexico, Central America and in the U.S.
As a hand weaver, in 1984 she began designing textiles for fashion and interiors, providing work for companies such as Bonotto, Romeo Gigli, Chanel, Hermes, Maharam and Comme des Garcons, among others, and Mantero Seta. As Head of Research at Centro Ricerche Mantero in Como, Italy’s silk weaving center, she became acutely aware of the large quantity of waste produced by the textile industry.
In 1996 she founded Riedizioni a design studio where she re-appropriates production waste and post-consuming materials, combining them with pure polyurethane to create an original and innovative fabric, suitable to be cut into one-of a kind bags, accessories and home textiles and products, all hand-made in Milano.
$16 for Program only / $23 for program and admission to Museum / $13 for Museum Members
Cozy up by the fire on the Museum's sculpture garden patio and enjoy a glass of wine while hearing first-person love stories from couples and individuals selected from the community. Wine purchase available from Palette
Storytelling presented by Real Love Real Stories.
Program is approximately 90 minutes with each story approximately 15 minutes long. During the program, Palette will have happy hour drink specials available.
This is a rain or shine event. Wine not included in the price of the event ticket.
Other experiences at the Museum to add to your evening:
- Enjoy the Museum until 8:30pm. For non-members, add $7 to your ticket to enjoy the Museum including Legends of Speed featuring 22 iconic race cars and Ansel Adams.
- Dine in Palette
Make reservations for dining in Palette and choose from a special three course dinner for couples or from the menu. Dinner service until 7pm. Last dinner service seating at 6:15pm. Happy hour specials starting at 3pm.
For more than a decade, the Museum has offered a rare opportunity to view Chinese paintings in our collection in an intimate setting with local and visiting scholars, and to learn more about their history through two presentations. This years visiting scholar is Michele Matteini, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art, Architecture and Visual Culture, New York University.
The topics will be:
The Textures of Samsara: Portraiture and Reincarnation in Late 18th century China.
Painting in Total Brightness: The Qianlong Emperor & His Paintings
For information on sponsorships or hosting a table, call 602.307.2012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, this year’s Independent Woman Luncheon will honor Ellen Katz, who created and chaired the inaugural event in 2011, along with other former IWL chairs.
The Luncheon also welcomes Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard as the keynote speaker. Renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting, interiors, Bullard has created designs that have appeared in more than 4,000 publications worldwide, including Architectural Digest, ELLE Decor, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. His celebrity clientele include Kylie Jenner, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, and Eva Mendez. Following the luncheon, Bullard will be available to sign copies of his book Design & Decoration.
During the event, guests will also enjoy a silent auction featuring unique tablescapes created by members of the Valley’s premier design community.
For information about the event, contact us at 602.307.2012 or email@example.com. Proceeds are given in support of the Museum’s exhibitions and education programs.
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2020 IWL Committee Members
Lisa Portigal, Co-chair
Libby Cohen, Co-chair
Matthew Boland, Committee Advisor
Lecture is included with General Admission. Please RSVP by March 5.
ACI Members will receive discount at check-out.
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Join ACI for an afternoon at Phoenix Art Museum with lunch followed by a lecture with guest speaker author Rebecca C. Tuite on her book IN VOGUE: The Jessica Daves Years, 1952-1962.
Tuite’s book, IN VOGUE, is a gorgeously illustrated celebration of American Vogue at the mid-century, under the editorship of the oft-overlooked editor-in-chief, Jessica Daves.
When Jessica Daves became editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine in 1952, she began a decade-long effort to elevate the world’s most influential fashion magazine to new standards. With a firm belief that “taste is something that can be taught and learned” and an even firmer conviction in the magazine’s “high regard for the best,” Daves led a charge for excellence in the pages of Vogue. This book celebrates that excellence; telling the whole story of Daves’s Vogue, detailing the magazine’s coverage of fashion, interior design, travel, and more, while also offering the first in-depth study of Jessica Daves herself.
Many people suffer from feelings of fear and constant anxiety or are simply overwhelmed by the stress and demands of everyday life. In this public talk and guided meditation, international meditation teacher and Buddhist monk, Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, will explore practical meditations and special ways of thinking that will help us to reduce and eventually let go of stress and anxiety.
Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is and internationally renowned ordained Buddhist teacher and the Deputy Spiritual Director of The New Kadampa Tradition -- International Kadampa Buddhist Union. Gen-la Jampa is well known for his clear and inspiring teachings and his ability to touch people's hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness. He is currently the resident teacher at the International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon in Williams, Arizona. Gen-la is well loved for his clear and inspiring teachings, and his ability to touch people's hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness.
Presented in collaboration with Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix.
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Artist Teresita Fernández will discuss her mid-career retrospective, Elemental. Based in New York, Fernández, who was born in 1968 in Miami to Cuban parents, is renowned for her prominent public installations and experiential sculptures. Through her practice, she explores perception and the psychology of looking, regularly manipulating light and space to create immersive, intimate, and evocative experiences. Using a range of materials, including silk, graphite, onyx, mirrors, glass, and charcoal, her minimalist yet substantive installations and sculptures evoke landscapes, the elements, and various natural wonders, including meteor showers, cloud formations, and the night sky. Fernández, who has created site-specific commissions for such public spaces as Harvard College, Madison Square Park, and Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003. In 2005, she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow for "integrating architecture and the optical effects of color and light into exquisitely constructed, contemplative spaces, "according to the Foundation's website. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, Mass.);Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (Fla.); and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas), among others.
This event has been sponsored by Dawn and David Lenhardt.
One of the most influential photographers of his generation, Ansel Adams (1902–1984) is famous for his dramatic photographs of the American West. While many of Adams’s images are now iconic, his early work has remained largely unknown. In this first monograph dedicated to the beginnings of Adams’s career, Rebecca A. Senf argues that these early photographs are both crucial to understanding Adams’s artistic development and offer new insights into many aspects of the artist’s mature oeuvre.
Drawing on copious archival research, Senf traces the first three decades of Adams’s photographic practice—beginning with an amateur album made during his childhood and culminating with his Guggenheim-supported National Parks photography of the 1940s. Highlighting the artist’s persistence in forging a career path and his remarkable ability to learn from experience as he sharpened his image-making skills, this beautifully illustrated volume also looks at the significance of the artist’s environmentalism, including his involvement with the Sierra Club.
Dr. Rebecca Senf is Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Her B.A. in Art History is from the University of Arizona; her M.A. and Ph.D. were awarded by Boston University. Senf was, for 12 years, in a joint appointment between the Phoenix Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography, as the Norton Curator of Photography. In 2012, her book Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe was released by University of California Press; in 2017, her book To Be Thirteen, showcasing the work of Betsy Schneider, was published by Radius Press and Phoenix Art Museum. Senf is an Ansel Adams scholar, with a book forthcoming on Ansel Adams’s early years, called Making a Photographer co-published by the CCP and Yale University Press, due in early 2020.
Lecture will be in Whiteman Hall with the book signing taking place in Rineberg. Books will be for sale in the Museum Store.