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Beauty Speaks for Us

The Heard Museum's new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery opens to the public on February 10, 2017. The inaugural exhibition, Beauty Speaks for Us, will be a presentation of more than 200 rarely seen masterworks selected from private Phoenix collections and the Heard’s own collection of more than 40,000 works of art. This will be a true celebration of our community and a turning point for the museum as it will usher in a new era of excellence. Visitors will see timeless works of art that span generations and cultures in a wide variety of media: pottery, textiles, jewelry, beadwork, functional art, paintings, basketry and carvings.

The Heard Museum thanks the following sponsors for their generous support:

Presenting Sponsor The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Masterwork Signature Sponsors Carol Ann and Harvey Mackay Jill and Wick Pilcher Anonymous Masterwork Benefactors Joy and Howard Berlin Lisa and Gregory Boyce Carmen and Michael Duffek Janis and Dennis H. Lyon Mary Ellen and Robert McKee Janet and John Melamed Kristine and Leland W. Peterson The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation, Inc. Wells Fargo Masterwork Patrons Dino and Elizabeth Murfee DeConcini Alice J. Dickey Kathleen and John Graham Dr. Marigold Linton and Dr. Robert Barnhill Jean and James J. Meenaghan Susan and James Navran Christy Vezolles and Gilbert Waldman Beauty Beholders Sue and Judson Ball Jeanie Harlan Merle and Steve Rosskam Conservation Sponsors Frances and Mark Paper in honor of Carol Ann Mackay Programming and Education Sponsors Frances and Mark Paper in honor of Carol Ann Mackay
Beauty Speaks for Us Reading List, compiled by the Billie Jane Baguley Library


Beauty Speaks for Us

The Heard Museum’s new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery opens to the public on February 10, 2017. The inaugural exhibition, Beauty Speaks for Us, will be a presentation of more than 200 rarely seen masterworks selected from private Phoenix collections and the Heard’s own collection of more than 40,000 works of art. This will be a ...

It’s Your Turn: A Home Studio

Now that you have explored and learned about the Native people in the Southwest in the HOME exhibit, take some time to expand on your learning with these fun hands-on activities, which will help to deepen your understanding of what you saw. We also invite you to revisit the HOME exhibit after you complete your ...

Black White Blue Yellow (“BWBY”)

Black White Blue Yellow is an immersive four-channel video and sound installation by artist Steven Yazzie (Navajo/Laguna/European) exploring four sacred mountains that border the Diné/Navajo people: BLACK (North): Dib’e Nitsaa/Hesperus Mountain WHITE (East): Peak/Sisnaajini /Blanca Peak BLUE (South): Tsoodzil Mount Taylor/south YELLOW (West): Dookʼoʼoosłíí/San Francisco Peaks BWBY is a journey and departure to sacred land ...

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist surveys the career of one of today’s most accomplished American Indian artists. Over the course of more than four decades, WalkingStick has avidly explored her own hybrid cultural identity, engaging Native ...

Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings

This exhibit displays a complete body of work by one of the 20th century’s most significant artists. Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings features all 23 first editions of the Santa Clara Pueblo artist’s collection of copper plate etchings completed by the artist from 1980 to 1984. This is the first time this body of work ...

Personal Journeys: American Indian Landscapes

Personal Journeys:American Indian Landscapes will explore the unique relationship American Indians have with land and how that has been expressed in art. Native artists use a variety of media and processes to express their stories, individual creations built on layers of cultural teachings, historical events, personal experiences and spiritual insights. Land as a subject matter ...

Gifted! Recent Additions to the Heard Collection

The Heard Museum’s permanent collection is at the heart of its exhibits and programs. Gifted celebrates the gifted people who made the art, and the gifted collectors with an eye for art who generously gave their art to the museum. In addition, some donors have provided purchase funds, recognizing the museum’s need to buy the ...

The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century

The Heard pays homage to the birth of a child and a modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists. In 1914, the Chiricahua Apache people were released from their status as prisoners of war and given allotments of land in and around Fort Sill, Okla. The descendants of Sam and ...

Every Picture Tells a Story

Explore seven regions and see how American Indian artists reflect their environments in their artwork in this interactive gallery perfect for families. Spot the different wildlife and vegetation illustrated in the artwork, then try your hand at making a hummingbird, bandolier bag, Northwest Coast button blanket, bow guard or Inuit felt design. It's fun for everyone!

Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations

This exhibit will consist of works co-created by seven pairs of American Indian artists from the greater Southwest region. Each pair consists of one established mentor artist and one emerging artist (age 16 to 20). Each partnership will involve the co-creation of a collaborative piece or series of pieces, depending on the medium. The exhibit ...


Online Collections


Below are examples of objects that are in the Masterworks Arts and Artists Series in the Heard Museum Digital Library.  Learn more about the Digital Library →

Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw), “New Mexico Sunset” 1978. Heard Museum Purchase, IAC2390.

Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) “New Mexico Sunset” 1978. Heard Museum Purchase, IAC2390.

Annie Antone (Tohono O’odham), polychrome olla, 2001. Heard Museum Purchase from the artist at the 2001 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, 4106-1.

Annie Antone (Tohono O’odham) polychrome olla, 2001. Heard Museum Purchase from the artist at the 2001 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, 4106-1.

Appraisals


The Heard Museum does not perform appraisals; however, the Heard Museum Council, one of our volunteer organizations, holds a semi-annual Appraisal Day event where people can bring their items to be appraised for a fee. Appraisal days occur in the spring and fall. Please check our calendar of events page for upcoming dates.