Terminal 4 Museum Exhibitions

Myth, Legend and Lore

Terminal 4, level 3 Gallery
July 31, 2021 through Feb. 20, 2022

Mary Wilhelm,

For thousands of years, humans have brought creatures to life through traditional stories, songs, poems and artworks. Real and fantastic beasts have captured our imagination since the beginning of time. These include dragons, unicorns and animal tricksters, which have been used to illustrate everything from ancient beliefs and fables to modern-day movies and even advertising.

This exhibition presents paintings, sculptures and prints by 11 artists who take their inspiration from the natural and supernatural world. Some of them have reimagined elements from their own cultural background while others have taken an anthropomorphic approach by putting animals in a human situation to tell a personal story. Two of the artists have crafted works from fiber-art materials to illustrate ancient writings or to conjure up creatures never seen before.

Cultural stories are preserved and progressed by artists who retell them through their artwork. Whether colorful, surreal or ethereal, this exhibition is sure to impart a sense of wonder in the viewer. Enter this imaginative world and explore the art of Myth, Legend and Lore.

Featured artists:
Marco Albarran
Esao Andrews
Paul Coze
Carol Eckert
Luis Jimenez
Anthony Pessler
Christy Puetz
Kazuma Sambe
Baje Whitethorne
Mary Wilhelm
Yuko Yabuki

Image caption: Mary Wilhelm, The Gift, 2020, oil on canvas, courtesy of artist

Western Perception 

Terminal 4, level 3, near center (west of food court)
Through April 2022

Arizona Noche by Stephen Morath

A stereotypical view of the American West is not complete without courageous cowboys, lawless frontier towns and a desolate desert. For more than a century, this idealized imagery of the region has been embellished upon and fabricated through film, literature, advertisements and fine art. These romanticized visions and mythic tales of the “Old West” continue to cloud the truth about what life really looks like, even today, in Arizona and the Southwest.

This exhibition features 13 artists who both celebrate and challenge these depictions. Some artists create their own interpretations of cowboys, cactus and the desert climate to describe their personal experiences out West. Others use humor in their artwork to poke fun at exaggerated “Hollywood” portrayals. Whether it’s based in fact or fiction, this exhibition highlights how popular culture has - and continues to - shape our Western Perception.

Featured artists:
Shonto Begay
Anne Coe
Krista Elrick
Betty Hahn
William Jenkins
Luis Jimenez
Tamarra Kaida
Mark Klett
Muriel Magenta
Ed Mell
Stephen Morath
Linda Shearer-Whiting
Mark Zillman

Image caption: Stephen Morath, Arizona Noche, 1994, serigraphic print, Phoenix Airport Museum Collection

Line, Shape, Color

Art of Geometry

Terminal 4, level 3, eight cases on east and west ends
Through October 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 Nov. 28, 2021

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

Hall of Flame
Museum of Firefighting in Phoenix

Terminal 4, level 3 near center
Through April 2022

Worthington at Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting

The world’s largest museum of firefighting, The Hall of Flame in Phoenix, began with a single Christmas gift. In 1955, George F. Getz, Jr. received a 1924 American LaFrance fire engine from his wife, Olive. This gift ignited Getz’s passion for collecting all things related to firefighting and within five years that obsession resulted in enough items to open a museum.

The Hall of Flame features a collection of historical objects from around the world representing three centuries of firefighting equipment. On display are more than 130 firefighting rigs including manual, horse-drawn and motorized apparatus. The Museum’s Hall of Heroes honors U.S. firefighters who have died in the line of duty and those recognized for acts of heroism. Other Museum highlights include a fire safety exhibition, a mini-theater, hands-on exhibits for children and a vintage fire engine that visitors can board.

This exhibition of vintage helmets from around the world, speaking trumpets, fire buckets and a handmade model of a fire engine is just a small preview of the extensive collections on display at the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting in Phoenix. 

Image caption: 1977 Type 1000 (Century Series) manufactured by American LaFrance, Hall of Flame Museum collection, donated by Michael Worthington