2D Art Exhibits

A Land North: Works from the Heard Museum Collection

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 ...

Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith

Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith

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 ...

Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection

The paintings by T.C. Cannon that comprise the Bloch Collection represent the finest examples by a multifaceted artist whose voice and talent resonate and inspire nearly forty years after his untimely passing. The major canvases in the Collection speak to multiple themes—his early mastery of color in Man I’d Like to Have that Pinto Pony; ...

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 ...

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Organized by The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, we are fortunate to offer this retrospective of the work of contemporary Oregon artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016). Featuring 115 drawings, paintings, prints, mixed-media works and, sculpture, Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain will explore the artist’s career, from the 1970s ...

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see firsthand masterpieces by two of the most important and recognizable artists of the 20th century. Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor for Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, making Phoenix its only North American stop on a world tour. Thirty-three works by the famed Mexican artists, from the Jacques ...

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 ...

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 ...

Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century

In this exhibit, the people of Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico tell their own story — their history and the lasting effects of 19th century changes on their lives today. Using many historic photographs and a variety of media, the story unfolds in three parts: First, the people describe the cycle of the traditional year as ...

Build! Toy Brick Art at the Heard

BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard

LEGO® bricks, the popular building toy, are the building blocks of intense creativity and design among adults and children alike. This family-friendly, interactive exhibition will feature local American Indian and non-American Indian artists transforming their artworks using the popular construction toys. Interactive activities combined with the assembled artworks will make art accessible to both children and adults while showing the amazing features of form, color and ...