Friday, May 26, 2017

Art History

Some time ago I was at the AZ State Capitol for meetings in support of the Arts. While I was there I discovered the Original State Capitol is now classified as a museum. The business of the government officials is held in the two adjoining buildings.

The museum is free to the public, open from 9:30-4:00 M-F, 10:00-2:00 Sat. (Sept. - May) closed on government holidays. Location: 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ. What's in there? Several things, it is a Library for research, it has the House Chamber room you can see what governing looked like in the early 1900's. On the main floor there is a museum and side art galleries. The museum features works that were influenced by history. There are artifacts from the USS Arizona. Silver over copper works recovered from the ship. There are paintings documenting history. In another gallery there is the flag from the Rough Riders, Spanish-American War. There are more paintings, prints, posters, drawings showing the history of our military men and women who represent AZ.

A separate gallery features local artists in Arizona. There is art displayed in many government, state buildings across the U.S.A. Many of these programs are "on loan", artists will have their works on exhibit. Trying not to get overly political about the importance of art but find it interesting how often art is donated, displayed in our government buildings. I wanted to share some of the pictures I took from the museum and this weekend seemed like the time to do just that.

Desperate Resolve on USS Arizona Artist: William Hunter, 1991, Bronze

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