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ADVANCING AMERICAN INDIAN ART

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry highlights the impact that Yosemite has had over time and space on artistic production, from the valley’s original Indigenous inhabitants to one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 1982, British artist David Hockney began the first of his many expeditions to Yosemite, which resulted in a series of photographic collages, some of which are on view in this exhibition. In 2010 and again in 2011 Hockney visited Yosemite Valley. There, for the first time, he used his iPad to draw en plein air taking inspiration from the landmarks, vistas, and iconic landscape. Featured in the exhibition are 29 iPad drawings printed on paper in a limited edition. This work reflects Hockney’s ongoing and inspired visual interpretation of the American West. The Yosemite Valley landscape has long inspired artistic production. The Indigenous inhabitants who ancestrally lived upon the land conceptually incorporated its vistas into their visual culture and utilized its natural materials in their artwork. During the 20th century, production of baskets in the Yosemite Valley was at its zenith, fueled by a newly established tourism-based economy in the 1920s. Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute women began expanding their practice of making baskets as traditional functional objects, evolving them into objects designed for artistic consumption. The work of these artists is considered to this day a benchmark for excellence in the field. The exhibition marks the first showing of Hockney’s work in Arizona and will highlight the influence of the American landscape on his seminal work while illuminating how Indigenous women inspired by the same landscape have made significant contributions to the field of art production. The objects on view will illustrate ways in which technology can be implemented in artistic creation, from the sophisticated technology of basketry to the innovative use of digital technologies like the iPad. Included are more than 20 spectacular examples of Mono Lake Paiute and Miwok basketry, made by 9 different artists in the early to mid-20th century, as well as 29 of Hockney’s iPad drawings printed on paper, and his rarely shown photographic collages from the 1980s. Situated against the backdrop of the Yosemite Valley’s history—from first contact between Indigenous tribes in the region and Euro-American settlers from the Mariposa Battalion and the Mariposa War, on through the California Gold Rush and Yosemite Indian Field Days—the exhibition illuminates how Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists have and continue to interpret this landscape in visual culture and fine art.


MARIA HUPFIELD : Nine Years Towards the Sun

December 6, 2019 - November 15, 2020

MARIA HUPFIELD: Nine Years Towards the Sun, a solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabek artist Maria Hupfield will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist. The exhibition, curated by Heard Museum Fine Arts Curator Erin Joyce, will take place over several exhibition spaces and range in content from performance, sculptural installation, video, ...

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry

October 28, 2019 - June 28, 2020

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry highlights the impact that Yosemite has had over time and space on artistic production, from the valley’s original Indigenous inhabitants to one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 1982, British artist David Hockney began the first of his many expeditions to ...

Small child coloring on an iPad mounted to a wooden table

It’s Your Turn Yosemite

November 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020

It’s Your Turn will immerse visitors in the landscape of the Yosemite Valley. Through a series of hands-on activities for children and families, you can try your hand at basket weaving, explore iPad drawing, and color postcards to send to your friends and family. Now, it’s your turn to be inspired by this amazing landscape! It’s Your Turn: Yosemite explores the iconic landscape, ...

Pablita Velarde’s Studio

December 19, 2015 - March 2, 2020

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 ...

Still Life No. 3: Raven Chacon

July 5, 2019 - November 3, 2019

In the summer of 2019 the Heard Museum will produce a solo exhibition of contemporary artist Raven Chacon.  Still Life No. 3: Raven Chacon presents a singular work of the same title comprised of sound installation, timed light, and text. Installed in the Museum’s Jacobson Gallery, the exhibition will open July 5th, 2019 and run ...

A Land North: Works from the Heard Museum Collection

October 29, 2018 - October 26, 2019

This exhibition is a presentation of pieces from the Heard Museum’s permanent holdings of Indigenous Alaskan and Canadian First Nations art. A Land North celebrates the complexities of these cultures and highlights the diverse representation of artworks in the Heard Collection. Featuring more than 100 years of objects, starting at 1900, the exhibition spotlights pieces ...

Creative Casting

February 10, 2017 - September 2, 2019

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.

Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles

April 5, 2019 - September 2, 2019

Navajo weavers’ individualism and flair for experimentation is vividly expressed in textiles from the last quarter of the 19th century.  The textiles are rooted in ideas and events the weavers experienced between 1863 and 1868, the hard years of their imprisonment in the Bosque Redondo, and their subsequent return to a reservation.  During this time, ...

Its' Your Turn - Color! family friendly exhibition in conjunction with the textile exhibition Color Riot!

It’s Your Turn – Color!

April 5, 2019 - September 2, 2019

This family-friendly gallery offers a fun and educational component to our exhibition Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles. Weavers use color, pattern, texture, and their imaginations when they make textiles. At times, the colors are so bright and the patterns are so complicated that our eyes jump when we look at them. Some of ...

Josef Albers in Mexico

February 1, 2019 - May 27, 2019

The Heard Museum is proud to announce its presentation of Josef Albers in Mexico, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, curated by Lauren Hinkson. Opening February 1, 2019 and running through May 27th, 2019, Josef Albers in Mexico is an exhibition which elucidates the influence and connectivity between the work of ...