In March of 2013 I was accepted as a docent at the Gallery@CityHall. Lee Broom.
(Visitor enters the gallery and begins asking questions about the photography. We exchange memories of our knowledge of various buildings.)
Visitor: Are you the resident docent?
Lee: I am.
Visitor: What does a docent do?
Lee: Dispenses information, asks questions, reads body language…
Visitor: Really! And my body language….What secrets does my body language reveal?
Lee: It tells me that you are a very inquisitive fellow and that you might be an architect.
Visitor: Not fair, we’ve been talking about buildings already.
Lee: So are you an architect?
Visitor: Not quite. I’m a mechanical engineer; I studied at ASU. Graduated in ’75.
The conversation lasts for several minutes and two more people enter the gallery. “Welcome to the Gallery@CityHall.”
“Phoenix Icons: The Art of our Historic Landmarks Exhibition”
‘Phoenix Icons: The Art of Our Historic Landmarks,’ features photographs of more than 30 historic Phoenix landmarks, by Patrick Madigan and Michael Lundgren.The exhibit is the second in a series of rotating exhibitions from the city’s historic Municipal Art Collection of 1,000 artworks.
The works in ‘Phoenix Icons’ were commissioned by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program. They include once private homes that have been transformed into public venues and once revered schools reborn as new places to learn. An old department store now houses a restaurant and a former auto showroom emerges as the face of a vibrant downtown park.
The Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission have partnered in this exhibition of photographs that feature views of Phoenix’ first century historic landmarks and portraits of our mid-century marvels, the distinctive architecture created after World War II.”