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Sound Bath at the Phoenix Art Museum

  • Phoenix Art Museum 1625 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ, 85004 United States (map)

Come absorb painting by Agnes Pelton while being bathed in healing sound.

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is the first exhibition on the little-known American painter in more than 24 years. Born to American parents in Stuttgart, Germany, Agnes Pelton (1881-1961) and her family briefly lived in Basel, Switzerland before returning to the United States in 1888.

A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she began experimenting with abstraction in the early 1900s in New York, eventually exhibiting in the Armory Show of 1913 at the invitation of Walt Kuhn.

Intentionally moving away from the “mainstream” arts community, Pelton eventually settled in Cathedral City, California. She painted conventional desert landscapes to make a living, but it was her abstract studies of earth and light, biomorphic compositions of delicate veils, shimmering stars, and atmospheric horizon lines, that distinguished her work. A believer in numerology, astrology, and faith healing, Pelton’s abstract compositions propelled her into an esoteric world epitomized by the Transcendental Painting Group (1938-1942), a short-lived group that promoted abstract, non-objective art.

Although Pelton received some attention during her lifetime, she has been relatively unknown within the field of American Art. Approximately 40–45 works will comprise this exhibition shedding light on Pelton’s artistic contribution to American modernism, while examining her practice against a broader, international framework of spiritual and esoteric abstraction.



Allow the healing frequency of multiple sacred instruments raise your internal and external vibration. Bathing in healing sound will leave you feeling deeply refreshed and renewed.

Earlier Event: May 16
Kids Yoga
Later Event: May 20
Restorative Yoga with Sound