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ADVANCING AMERICAN INDIAN ART

It’s Your Turn Yosemite

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, plants and animals of Yosemite National Park and looks at how it has inspired artists to make work. Yosemite has been a creative inspiration for many people, from the Indigenous people who lived there for centuries to British artist David Hockney. Indigenous people created large, intricately designed baskets using the plants that grow in the valley, while David Hockney made photo collages and drew the landscape using his iPad.


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 ...

Sonwai: The Jewelry of Verma Nequatewa

October 5, 2018 - March 10, 2019

Verma Nequatewa (Hopi, b. 1949) began an apprenticeship with her uncle Charles Loloma around 1966. Nequatewa has signed her distinctive work with the Hopi feminine word for beauty, Sonwai, since 1989. It complements her uncle’s name, which was the masculine word with the same meaning. Nequatewa worked with her uncle for more than twenty years. ...

Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit

October 29, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit explores the surprising and little-known story of how Inuit people and culture inspired one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Henri Matisse. Included in the exhibition are works by Matisse that have not been publicly shown in the United States, and reunited dozens of stunning Yup’ik (Alaskan ...