Phoenix Art Museum hosts iconic gallery in celebration of centennial

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The Phoenix Art Museum is celebrating Arizona's centennial by displaying exhibits of iconic Arizona photography, as well as sketches and scale models by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. (Jessica Zook/DD)

In celebration of Arizona’s 100th year of statehood, the Phoenix Art Museum is displaying photography of the landscape and culture indicative of the state through March 4.

The gallery, titled Iconic Arizona, gathers images from the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography to populate the exhibit that will display through March 4.

Cacti, desert landscapes and sunsets traditional to the southwestern United States are common subjects.

The exhibit “honors the unique experiences of the community as they reflect what is their iconic Arizona,” said Nicole DeLeon, public relations representative for the Phoenix Art Museum. “Community members are invited to answer that question.”

An online interactive portion accompanies the exhibit and allows anyone to share images of Arizona as part of an online gallery. The photos are part of a touch-screen slide show in the exhibit and can be submitted at online.

“It’s what we think of Arizona,” said Margaret Berry, a Canadian who visits the state frequently. “We love the colors because they are so unique.”

Another exhibit, located in the museum’s Steele Gallery, features the clean sketches of buildings and housing developments by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The exhibit, titled “Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century,” commemorates the 75th anniversary of Wright’s Scottsdale winter home, Taliesin West.

The home is now headquarters for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which partnered with the Phoenix Art Museum to exhibit Wright’s work.

The gallery will display drawings, scale models, films and photographs through April 29.

Wright is famous for energy-efficient building and minimizing destruction of natural landscape. The exhibition highlights Wright’s use of organic materials in his designs.

Fallingwater, a structure in western Pennsylvania, was designed by Wright to encapsulate the natural beauty of the area. The building is positioned over a small waterfall in the lush woodlands of Mill Run.

Many pieces on display are Wright’s unfinished projects. His forward-thinking mentality was visible in sketches featuring flying taxis and a mile-high skyscraper.

“The thought process is sometimes even more interesting than the finished project,” said Carol Baker-Cotton, a retired art teacher from the Valley.

Contact the reporter at bsporte2@asu.edu