Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin

The Heard Museum is proud to announce their forthcoming exhibition, Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin. The exhibition, which opens May 4th, 2018 and runs through September 2018, is a mid-career retrospective of contemporary Native Alaskan artist, Nicholas Galanin. Galanin, b. 1979 in Sitka, Alaska, is of mixed Tlingit-Unangax and non-Native ancestry. His approach to making art is conceptual, thematically addressing pertinent issues of American Indian representation and cultural critique. Galanin takes a multidisciplinary approach to art-making; his body of work includes sculpture, installation, video, performance, and new media. His conceptual work is often provocative and addresses issues of authority, authenticity, American Indian experience, and the commoditization of Indigenous culture. Galanin brings to his work a liberated space for engagement with people of all cultures, and a platform to which they can relate from their unique cultural perspectives. Proclaimed a “standout” by The New York Times, Galanin’s prominence in the contemporary art world only continues to grow. His work has been featured in exhibitions at The Native American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Anchorage Museum, Nevada Art Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Art and Design in New York, and is in private collections as well as in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Portland Art Museum, and Denver Art Museum to name a few. Galanin’s work has been reviewed by publications such as The New York Times, Art in America, Hyperallergic, and The Queens Chronicle. The exhibition will explore themes of Indigeneity, the porosity of identity in both Indigenous and American contexts, and reciprocal dialogues therein. Works will inspect the notions of landscape, colonialism, and redress the rampant misappropriation of American Indian aesthetics and visual culture by non-Native individuals, and highlight the artist's nimbleness in the reclamation of Indigenous agency. The title of the exhibition, Dear Listener, is an intentional direct address to the viewer – playing off of clandestine broadcasters addressing their listeners in the same manner, it is an active attempt at creating a discursive conversation between viewer and artist, and metaphysically to the theoretical concepts contained within the works. The works are visually powerful, imbricated, and arresting. From Galanin’s 2017 single channel video Unceremonial Dance Mask as a commentary on mass-produced “Native looking” objects from Indonesia, to Indian Children’s Bracelet, which is a pair of handcuffs used during the residential school period to remove American Indian children from their homes. To be installed in our newly opened Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery, the Dennis Lyon Family Crossroads Gallery, Freeman Gallery, and the historic South Courtyard, Dear Listener, curated by Heard Museums’ Fine Arts Curator, Erin Joyce, will feature more than 10,000 square feet of new and existing works by Galanin including video installation, sculpture, performance art, works on paper, installation work, and fashion.


Changing Exhibits

Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith

On display through July 1, 2018

This exhibit explores the paintings and metalworks of San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal). Born at San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1898, Awa Tsireh began his painting career in 1917 and by the early 1920s his work was exhibited nationally. Although he received accolades for his paintings throughout his lifetime, less is known about Awa ...

Symmetry in Stone: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez

On display through August 5, 2018

For the first time in his more than 40-year career, Richard Chavez’s jewelry will be featured in a retrospective exhibition. Since his early years of jewelry design and execution, Chavez has continued to painstakingly make each item by hand. An artist who enjoys designing, Chavez places an emphasis on stone selection, placement and presentation. Now, ...

Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin

Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin

On display through September 3, 2018

The Heard Museum is proud to announce their forthcoming exhibition, Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin. The exhibition, which opens May 4th, 2018 and runs through September 2018, is a mid-career retrospective of contemporary Native Alaskan artist, Nicholas Galanin. Galanin, b. 1979 in Sitka, Alaska, is of mixed Tlingit-Unangax and non-Native ancestry. His approach to ...


Signature Exhibits

HOME: Native People in the Southwest

Learn about the Native peoples of the Southwest and hear them tell their stories in their own words. In addition to cultural objects, the exhibit showcases the traditions of Native peoples of the past and present and examines their definition of home. Don't miss the Navajo hogan, the Pueblo horno or the 400 katsina dolls on display!


Ongoing Exhibits

The Third Dimension: Sculptural Stories in Stone and Bronze

Some of the most exciting and moving American Indian fine art of the 20th and 21st centuries has been created by sculptors. The Heard Museum is fortunate recently to have been given works by leading American Indian sculptors such as Allan Houser and John Hoover Gifts also include sculpture by the next generation of accomplished ...

Pablita Velarde’s Studio

One of the leading painters of the 20th century, Pablita Velarde/Tse Tsan “Golden Dawn” (Santa Clara Pueblo) (1918-2006) was a pioneer as a woman artist in an era and a community where painting was a male art form. Her painting began in a traditional manner but evolved through many original styles and media. She engaged ...

Creative Casting

Copper and tin come together to make bronze, a medium that offers wonderful creativity for artists in the choices of texture and patinas. Sculptor John Hoover, for example, whose earlier work was carved from cedar, found in bronze a medium that could express the qualities of his cedar carvings.

Cheyenne Randall: The Mural Project

Cheyenne Randall: The Mural Project

Cheyenne River Sioux artist, Cheyenne Randall, b. 1978, investigates identity and the idea of celebrity obsession and apotheosis in his work. Working in digital photography, Photoshop, paint, and wheat paste installation, the artist delves into constructed notions of individuality and the semiotics of representation, while concurrently questioning subcultural practices such as tattooing and graffiti, examining ...

Artistic Excellence: The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Celebrates 60 Years

Opened Jan. 12, 2018 For the past 60 years, the Heard Museum Guild has worked with superb American Indian artists to present an annual event at the museum that gives visitors an opportunity to meet with the artists and learn how they create their work. Charles Loloma, Fred Kabotie, Maria Martinez, Adam and Santana Martinez, ...

Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience

Few people realize that American Indians were forced by the federal government to attend residential boarding schools located hundreds of miles from home. This powerful exhibit immerses visitors into the story, which draws on first-person recollections, memorabilia and the writings and art of four generations of Indian school alumni.

Around the World: The Heard Museum Collection

Tour the global span of the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. This exhibit focuses on more than 75 years of collecting and preserving Native art and cultures in the Southwest and beyond. Starting with examples of work collected by museum founders Dwight and Maie Heard, and including donations by artists and collectors such as Byron Harvey and Richard Faletti, the exhibit features objects and artwork from indigenous ...

American Indian Veterans National Memorial

Service and sacrifice spanning more than three centuries are honored in the first and only known national memorial to American Indian veterans of many conflicts. The Memorial, located outside the Collector’s Room of the Heard Museum Shop, consists of several sizable sculptures by acclaimed Native artists Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser (1914-1994) and Michael Naranjo ...

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.