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ADVANCING AMERICAN INDIAN ART

Larger Than Memory Digital Experience

Due to COVID19, the exhibition was extended online. The online site will be archived in the Museum Library. Larger Than Memory: Digital Experience presents works by contemporary artists working across the United States and Canada. Focusing on the two decades of 2000 to 2020, the exhibition highlights the significant contributions that Indigenous artists have made, and continue to make, by addressing critical dialogues taking place globally, engaging with challenging mediums and modes of production, and expressing a continuum of their respective cultural heritages while often entering into conversation with and revising the canon of art history. Artists in this exhibition include Nanobah Becker, Nanibah Chacon, Lewis deSoto, Jeffrey Gibson, Elisa Harkins, Brad Kahlhamer, Ian Kuali’i, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Meryl McMaster, Kent Monkman, Laura Ortman, Mike Patten, Eric-Paul Riege, Cara Romero, Kali Spitzer, C. Maxx Stevens, Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, Marie Watt and Steven Yazzie.


Please note: The video below shows brief flashes of artwork that contain some nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.
Video by Steven Yazzie | Digital Preserve


George Catlin on Indigenous Land

May 7, 2021 - April 24, 2022

Like many Western artists who followed him, George Catlin (1796-1872) traveled the West to make a record of the region’s Indigenous peoples. His goal was to preserve for future generations a pictorial history of Indigenous cultures, which he accomplished by painting portraits of peoples from nearly 40 tribes. The exhibition George Catlin on Indigenous Land ...

Toward the Morning Sun: Navajo Pictorial Textiles from the Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette Collection

November 5, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Opening on Nov. 5, 2021, the Heard Museum will present Toward the Morning Sun: Navajo Pictorial Textiles from the Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette Collection. The 2018 gift to the museum from Jean-Paul and Rebecca M. Valette of their acclaimed collection includes textiles primarily woven during the first three decades of the 20th century. The Valettes ...

Behind the Mask: Indigenous Artists Speak Out

October 10, 2020 - January 31, 2022

Artists across the globe are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in creative ways, through music, poetry, performance and a variety of art forms. The face masks worn to prevent spread of the virus present a blank canvas for artists seeking to bring attention to the devastating effects the virus has had on Indigenous nations and ...

Small Wonders

March 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022

The exhibition Small Wonders provides the opportunity to see a range of intricately made small-format works including jewelry (rings, brooches, earrings and buckles) and specialty items such as silver seed pots, fetishes or stone carvings, and silver items in miniature. Each is shaped in silver, gold or from a variety of gemstones, and all are ...

Sonnet of Lament: Chip Thomas and Esther Belin

December 4, 2020 - November 16, 2021

This collaborative work between Chip Thomas and Esther Belin recounts the effects that the COVID-19 global health crisis has had on Indigenous communities and the ways in which it has illuminated the status and lived reality that Indigenous peoples face. The work itself is arresting in its visuality and layered in its composition. An unidentified ...

Around the World: The Heard Museum Collection

November 18, 2006 - November 8, 2021

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 ...

All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving

December 19, 2020 - October 17, 2021

All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving showcases 46 exquisite textiles from contemporary Navajo weavers. All at Once has been made possible by the generous donation of longtime Heard Museum members and supporters, Mark and Julie Dalrymple. These textiles, plus dozens more, now reside in the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. Artist statements from leading ...

Larger Than Memory Digital Experience

April 16, 2021 - September 6, 2021

Due to COVID19, the exhibition was extended online. The online site will be archived in the Museum Library. Larger Than Memory: Digital Experience presents works by contemporary artists working across the United States and Canada. Focusing on the two decades of 2000 to 2020, the exhibition highlights the significant contributions that Indigenous artists have made, ...

Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight

February 5, 2021 - July 3, 2021

Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight February 5, 2021 – July 3, 2021 Leon Polk Smith, one of the most significant American artists of the 20th century, has been studied and celebrated through major exhibitions, publications, and scholarship over many years—and yet, a significant source of inspiration and influence on his artistic production remains ...

Through the Lens of Barry Goldwater

September 20, 2019 - May 2, 2021

This exhibition features prints made from Arizona Senator Barry M. Goldwater’s spectacular color slide collection, which in 1993 was generously donated to the Heard Museum by Senator Goldwater. This extraordinary and rare collection comprises nearly 1000 color slides and contains some of the earliest color landscape photographs of the Navajo and Hopi tribal lands, the ...