While in Phoenix we took a "field trip" to the Phoenix Art Museum.
Popular exhibitions feature artists such as Rembrandt, Norman Rockwell, Annie Leibowitz and Monet. More than 18,000 stunning works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art are shown here.
The museum is a maze 3 stories tall. We wandered for 4 hours and could have spent many more. We learned lots while there.
We spent some time quizzing a museum security agent about art theft and learned that it's almost always an inside job. We walked through rooms holding pieces over 400o years old.
We spent a lot of time talking about art and its meaning. We learned that art can be fun and interactive as in the piece "fireflies" where you enter a dark room filled with mirrors that has tiny lights suspended like stars throughout the space.
The lights slowly changed colors and faded. We eventually found our way out of the other end of the room.
"Mass" was the charred remains of a church that burned down after being struck by lightning. The pieces were hung in a perfect square in space.
We would like to visit other art museums in the future and compare what we saw. This was the biggest collection of work we've seen yet. Phoenix was pretty impressive.