Terminal 3 Museum Exhibitions

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The Story Continues:
Pueblo Grande at 90 

Oct. 12, 2019 through Oct. 11, 2020

Terminal 3, level 2 west end

Piipash/Maricopa Pottery

Founded in 1929, Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, is a National Historic Landmark and Phoenix Point of Pride. It is built within a prehistoric site located less than a half mile from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.  As a facility for archaeological and ethnographic collections, the Museum consults with twenty-two Arizona Native American tribes; sharing responsibility to respectfully preserve the past and bridge the gap of understanding between cultures.

Indigenous peoples have lived in Phoenix and the surrounding desert lands for thousands of years. The Ancestral Sonoran Desert people (called Hohokam by archaeologists) were skilled farmers. They created an irrigation system that was a precursor to present day canals. Today, Pueblo Grande Museum shares stories of their descendants the Pima/Akimel O’odham (the River People) and the Maricopa/Piipaash (People who live toward the water). Their culture speaks to us in the items they have made and continue to create.

This exhibition presents basketry and pottery from the Pueblo Grande Museum that show a connection between past and present people. Prehistoric and modern designs include birds, snakes and frogs as well as geometric elements such as lines and scrolls. The artistry and symbols used reflect their desert environment and represent a continuation of a living culture.

Image Captions: (left) Black-and-red Piipash/Maricopa pottery, mid-20th century, clay and mesquite sap, Courtesy of the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park


Inflated Steel Sculpture by Jeremy Thomas

Through Aug. 9, 2020

Terminal 3, level 4 in two locations:
Near the Sky Train portal (pre-security)
Gallery (post-security)

B P Green by Jeremy ThomasHow do you make something out of thin air? In the hands of sculptor Jeremy Thomas, air is a major component of his art making process. Inspired by seeing old farm equipment scattered about in fields in the Midwest where he grew up, he uses steel, air and paint to create colorful metal sculptures. Thomas begins his process by cutting geometric shapes, such as circles or ellipses, from a steel plate. He then creates dimensional forms by folding and welding the shapes together, leaving an internal space that can be filled with air. The structure is heated in a forge to about 2000 degrees, making the metal malleable or elastic-like. The red-hot piece is removed from the forge and injected with pressurized air, causing it to inflate and grow into its final shape. With no top or bottom, completed objects can be viewed from any angle, inviting the viewer to look at all sides.

The resulting sculptures represent chance and contrast. Hard metal forms are altered by the lightness of air. Geometric shapes are transformed to appear soft and organic. The object’s surfaces are painted with vibrant colors gleaned from farm equipment, auto and cosmetic industries, along with natural, velvety rust patinas. The spontaneity of the inflation process creates unexpected creases, bulges and folds. Air gives life to the object – it is Airborne.

Image Captions: (left) B P Green, 2016, forged mild steel and powder coat, Courtesy of artist and Bentley Gallery (Phoenix), Image courtesy of Clutch Photos


Weaving Through Time
Grand Canyon National Park - Celebrating 100 Years

Through Fall 2020

Terminal 3, level 1 west end

Havasupai Woman Carrying a Kathak Burden Basket, courtesy of The Grand Canyon National Park MuseumArizona’s spectacular natural wonder, the Grand Canyon was designated a national park in 1919. Although its history as a national park spans only 100 years, the Canyon is deeply entwined in a broader story of Indigenous people that have lived in the area for thousands of years. Artifacts found in caves tell us people were in the canyon at least 4,000 years ago.

The Grand Canyon is significant to eleven Native American tribes. The Havasupai Tribe – people of the blue-green water, have lived continuously in the canyon for more than 800 years. Their village location, near life-sustaining waters, has allowed them to thrive in a harsh desert landscape deep in the canyon for centuries.

In celebration of Grand Canyon National Park’s centennial, this exhibition features objects created by people that have called the canyon home. On display are Havasupai basketry crafted for everyday use or trade as well as ancient split-twig animal figurines. Using local plant fiber materials, people living in the Grand Canyon have been weaving through time.

Image Captions:
(left) Havasupai Woman Carrying a Burden Basket, 1902, photograph, courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Museum Collection


Intimate and Expansive
Ceramic art by Tiffany C. Bailey

Through Fall 2020

Terminal 3, level 4, east arrivals area

Landscapes with Drawings by Tiffany C. BaileySteep bluffs, fields of corn and herds of cows are some of the picturesque features ceramic artist Tiffany C. Bailey remembers about her hometown. Growing up in Southwestern Wisconsin, Bailey was raised in a rural community with an abundance of pastures, farmland and a population of only 300 people.

After moving to Arizona to continue her ceramic studies, she revisited her memories of the architecture and topography near her childhood home. Now, in her artistic practice, she distills those elements into small-scale artworks to interpret a landscape that is both intimate and expansive.

Bailey uses a slip-cast method to make her ceramic artwork. The process begins with a model that is either hand-sculpted or is a found object. From the model, a plaster mold is produced. Porcelain slip (liquefied clay) is poured into the mold, dried and then fired in a kiln. The plaster mold can be used repeatedly to replicate the form creating artworks in series. She embellishes the art object with ceramic stains, underglazes or graphite drawings, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces. 

Image Caption:
(left) Tiffany C. Bailey, Landscapes with Drawings, 2017, porcelain with graphite

People Watching
At the Airport

Jane Kelsey-Mapel, Ongoing

Terminal 3, level 1, near ticketing

There is a story behind every person. By observing facial expressions, clothing or belongings, we may gain insight into who they are, where they are from and why they might be traveling - especially at the airport. Some people enjoy using this information to make up stories about the people they see. This exhibition features three artists who have created a unique narrative using the art form of sculpture. Whether we are standing in line, waiting for luggage or dining at a restaurant, people-watching is an interesting way to pass the time - especially at the airport.

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