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

From Studio to Street

Terminal 4, level 3, eight cases on east and west ends
Through May 2022

By artist Lalo Cota, courtesy of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Once synonymous with tagging and urban decline, graffiti art has evolved into an artform that can now be viewed as an indicator of a city thriving with creativity. Street art has moved beyond stylized lettering and stencils to larger-than-life murals in every imaginable style, from abstract to photorealistic. Today, this immersive public art enlivens urban neighborhoods, creates a sense of place and is accessible to everyone.

Here in Phoenix, artists armed with brushes, rollers and spray cans are transforming featureless city blocks into artistic centerpieces. Once vacant walls now showcase painted murals in a variety of themes and styles that encourage people to visit, explore and interact with. Technicolor sunsets, skulls or Chicano lowriders all remind us of local culture and where we live while other Phoenix murals pay homage to rock stars, promote social awareness or present contemplative works of intricate patterns or surreal portraits.

This exhibition presents the work of nine artists who create in their studios as well as enhance our Phoenix streets with painted murals. Each of these artists have contributed their unique style and message to make the City more colorful and meaningful. Whether they began their artistic career painting on canvas or the side of a building, these artists take their art From Studio to Street.

Featured artists:
Brian Boner
Tato Caraveo
Lalo Cota
Maggie Keane
Kyllan Maney
Thomas "Breeze" Marcus
Carrie Marill
Such Styles and Champ Styles

Image caption: Lalo Cota, Untitled, 2015, spray paint on fence panel, 6 x 8', Courtesy of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of the artists, "The Nitty Gritty Crew"

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

Movimiento Artístico del Río Salado (M.A.R.S)

Terminal 4, level 3 near center

Me and My Comprade by Gilbert “Magú” Lujan

Movimiento Artístico del Río Salado (Art Movement of the Salt River) or M.A.R.S was a non-profit visual arts organization founded in 1978 by a group of artists and community leaders. Its mission was to promote and support Mexican American and Chicano artists who otherwise felt restricted by commercial galleries.

In 1981, the artist collective opened a gallery in central Phoenix called M.A.R.S Artspace. The gallery featured rotating art exhibitions, artist-in-residence programs and workshops - bridging the gap between the barrios and the rest of the city’s art community. During this time, M.A.R.S Artspace was the only Hispanic-operated gallery in Arizona. While the collective dismantled in 2002, it paved the way for phICA (Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art) which continues to help artists gain visibility and financial support.

This exhibition features artwork by four M.A.R.S. artists. These fine art prints were created in collaboration with Self Help Graphics of Los Angles, another community-based arts center serving Chicana/o and Latina/o communities. The resulting print series helped create a lasting legacy for M.A.R.S and inspired the missions of numerous local art organizations today.

Featured artists:
Dolores Guerrero
César A. Martinez
Rudy Fernandez
Gilbert “Magú” Lujan

Image caption: Gilbert “Magú” Lujan (1940-2011), Me and My Compadre, 1989, lithographic print, 30 x 37", Phoenix Airport Museum Collection


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