A sculpture sits on a pedestal in an art gallery with paintings on the walls.

Past Exhibition

Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art showcases painting and sculpture produced by leading American Indian artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Each work in the exhibition draws from the Heard Museum’s permanent collection and reflects an artistic response to the challenges and opportunities presented by the decade in which it was created. Select works include Oscar Howe’s response to the massacre at Wounded Knee in the painting Ghost Dance (1960), T.C. Cannon’s response to the Vietnam War in the lithograph On Drinkin’ Beer in Vietnam in 1967 (1971), and responses to environmental crises evident in Bob Haozous’ sculpture Ozone Madonna (1989) and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s painting Rain (1990).

Work is contextualized further within important artistic movements, such as Awa Tsireh’s paintings from 1917 through the 1920s that sparked the San Ildefonso Watercolor Movement or the numerous students─Fred Kabotie, Tonita Peña, Gerald Nailor, Allan Houser—who attended Dorothy Dunn’s Studio School in Santa Fe in the 1920s. Central to the New York Contemporary Native American Art Movement are the midcentury paintings of George Morrison. Some of the artists who fostered important artistic developments from the 1970s onward include Joe Herrera, Fritz Scholder, Helen Hardin, James Lavadour, Kay WalkingStick, Roxanne Swentzell, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Kent Monkman.

Presented in the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery, the exhibition presents viewers with a progression of ideas and aesthetic expressions by the renowned artists mentioned here and many more. Remembering the Future is a visual testament to 100 years of artistic production. The span of one century is meant to convey with meaningful depth of perspective and certitude that in remembering the history of American Indian art, we are also remembering the future.

Object Highlights

  • A painting of a Native woman and man holding a fish near a body of water.
    Patrick DesJarlait (Ojibwa), 1921-1973. Chippewa Fishing Camp, 1970. Watercolor on board, 14 x 11 ¼ inches. Heard Museum Collection, 3675-1.
  • A whimsical painting of a forest with deer and birds.
    Pop Chalee (born Merina Lujan, Taos Pueblo), 1906 – 1993, Enchanted Forest , n.d. Watercolor on paper, 19 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches. Heard Museum Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Read Mullan, IAC347.
  • A painting of a group of people dancing in red robes.
    Oscar Howe (Yanktonai), 1915-1983, Ghost Dance, 1960. Watercolor on paper, 25 x 30 1/2 inches. Gift of Edward Jacobson, IAC85.

Remembering the Future Symposium

Heard Museum hosted Remembering the Future Symposium: Visionary Artists and Thought Leaders Explore the Past, Present and Future of Indigenous Art in October 2022. The Remembering the Future Symposium on October 7 and 8 brought together more than 20 leading Native American artists, along with museum directors, curators, scholars, and tribal knowledge keepers, discussing artistic practices, important movements, innovations and new directions in art.

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