Greg Esser



Stickers and Magnets


Phoenix's Roosevelt Row

The nationally recognized Roosevelt Row Artists’ District in downtown Phoenix originated during the platting of the Churchill Addition in 1888, when fewer than 4,000 people called the city home.

The Evans and Churchill Additions enjoyed vibrant, walkable mixed-use growth until the suburban sprawl of the 1950s pulled people and resources away from the downtown city core. Significant decline fell upon the area for decades, until artists began to imagine new possibilities in the 1990s.

Few urban areas in the United States have undergone such rapid and dramatic revitalization as Roosevelt Row. In 2000, the area’s affordability attracted artists who began to transform underutilized structures and vacant lots into a vibrant, diverse, welcoming community. Iconic events, live music, unique performances, and temporary public art have made it one of the largest monthly art walks in the county, and USA Today recently named Roosevelt Row “one of the ten best city arts districts” in the country.

96 pages featuring 145 images 

Trajectory: Miguel Palma

This catalogue and exhibition mark the intersection of multiple trajectories: The arc of Palma’s career is receiving increasing international recognition. 

At the core of the exhibition is the Desert Initiative Remote Shuttle, commissioned as part of the Desert Initiative, which investigates ways in which meaning of place, particularly in remote desert environments, is created and communicated. The shuttle journeys into and explores the diversity of remote desert landscapes in Arizona and brings these landscapes back to urban desert settings through video projection in order to reconnect audiences with displaced native landscapes. Palma also presents a series of 100 drawings celebrating the 100 years of Arizona’s Centennial. Using collage and mixed media, each drawing addresses a specific moment or issue embedded in the history of Arizona. Palma lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, and works internationally.