Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

Electro-Symbio Phonics for Phoenix

By Nam June Paik

Terminal 4, level 3 Gallery
Through July 2021

Nam June Paik

This art installation was commissioned for Phoenix’s new America West Arena (now Talking Stick Resort Arena) in 1992. The work was originally installed along the doorways leading to the arena from the food court and was removed in 2002 after renovations.The robot figures, each standing 10 feet tall, represent a mother, father and child and contain 63 televisions activated by four custom video channels. The fast-paced footage includes manipulated imagery from sports, popular culture and the Sonoran Desert. Neon panels depicting symbols of technology, biology and language flank each figure. The symbols include DNA strands, Chinese characters and Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

Artist Nam June Paik was a pioneer of electronic art, who began experimenting with audio and video technology as an artform in the early 1960s. He recognized video broadcasting as the primary medium for public communication and believed artists could help it become a tool for representing art and culture.

Through his work, Paik imagined a future where technology would be integrated with nature, instead of in conflict with it. His use of robot figures reflected a desire to make technology appear closer to humanity, rather than a complex and mysterious scientific process.

Image caption: Nam June PaikElectro-Symbio Phonics for Phoenix, 1992, aluminum frame, televisions on four-custom video channels

Just Add Water
Paintings by the Arizona Watercolor Association 

Terminal 4, level 3, in two locations (east and west of food court)
Through Sept. 26, 2021

Chill Cello by David Amsellem

Watercolor is a centuries-old painting method that has many contradictions. Available in solid or liquid form, the paint is mixed with water to achieve different levels of intensity, from translucent to opaque. Artists apply paint to wet or dry paper in layers, giving the finished artwork a range of results, from subtle to vibrant.

The Arizona Watercolor Association (AWA) was established by professional artists and instructors more than sixty years ago to promote and advance the art of watercolor painting. Today, the association continues to elevate this challenging medium to new heights.

This exhibition, in two locations, presents 26 paintings by current AWA members. These artworks represent a wide variety of themes and techniques used in watercolor painting - showcasing the infinite potential of one art material when you Just Add Water.

David Amsellem
Diane Bykowski
Candice Diaz
Mary Dove
Marion Droge
Hilary Fiscus
Jim Fox
Martha Germano
Kimberly Harris
Grace Haverty
Tom Herbert
Nancy Herbst
Teressa Jackson
Yvonne Joyner
Jordan Kirk
Dyanne Locati
Carol A. McSweeney
Jody Miles
Kim Nechtman-Johnson
Sandy Newell
Pamela Root
Ana Sharma
Bruce Sink
Mary Valesano
Sandra Wilderman

Image caption: David Ansellem, Chill Cello, 2021, watercolor on paper

Line, Shape, Color

Art of Geometry

Terminal 4, level 3, eight cases on east and west ends
Through April 2021

Perceptual Persistence by Bob Dycus


Mathematics is more than numbers, it is also the science of shape. Measuring, describing and defining shapes such as squares, circles and triangles is part of a branch of mathematics known as geometry. This field of study allows us to recognize patterns in the natural world, helps us intelligently design objects and buildings and also inspires creativity.

Artists have responded to geometry with their art in a variety of ways. Creating nonrepresentational artwork relying on lines, shapes and color is known as Geometric Abstraction. Hallmarks of this type of artwork include repetition, symmetry and hard-edge painting - characterized by areas of solid color with sharp, defined or ‘hard’ edges. Using basic geometric shapes, artists create complex patterns sometimes presenting the illusion of depth or movement. Some artists use geometry by reducing shapes down to their purist, most simplified forms.

This exhibition presents 25 abstract artworks by 15 artists. With a predominant use of line, shape and color in their works, these artists are practicing the Art of Geometry.

Featured artists:
Robert Brown
Jacqueline Debutler
Karl Dowhie
Bob Dycus
Merrill Mahaffey
Kyllan Maney
Anne Moran
Robert Oliver
Jeanne Otis 
George Palovich
Patricia Sannit
Ellen L. Tibbetts
Janet E. Trisler
James Turrell
Unknown artists

Image caption: Bob Dycus, Perceptual Persistence, 1974, acrylic on canvas, Phoenix Airport Museum Collection, Courtesy of Dorothy Mather

Style in the Aisle
Mid-Century Airline Identity

Terminal 4, level 2 near ticketing
Through January 2022

Airwest uniform 1970s

Glamour defined the mid-20th century – in both popular culture and in the air. The sixties ushered in a new era of colorful design that allowed Airlines to stand out from one another. They made their mark through branding, food and fashion.

The culture of air travel had progressed into a posh experience where passengers dressed up and in-flight service consisted of a seven-course meal on fine china. Stewardesses wore stylish uniforms by internationally known designers, which was a far cry from the early days of travel when flight attendants were nurses or wore more practical clothing or military inspired outfits.

Airlines developed personal identity through logos, slogans and current fashion trends. From hot pants, Go-Go boots and fur hats to free champagne, passengers could either go “up, up and away” or “fly the friendly skies.”

This exhibition celebrates the spirit of the golden age of jet travel. On display are flight attendant uniforms and airline amenity items from the 1960s and ’70s. This new era of design gives us a glimpse into a time when there was Style in the Aisle.

Image caption: Airwest Airlines Flight Attendant Uniform, 1969 - 1971, Phoenix Airport Museum Aviation History Collection, Gift of Jeannine Moyle