Hopi katsina dolls have captured the public imagination for more than a century. Visitors to Phoenix’s Heard Museum ask about them more often than any other art form. Now, in addition to the katsina dolls on display in the Heard’s permanent exhibit HOME: Native Peoples in the Southwest, the Heard is displaying even more pieces from its collection for the world to see, admire and explore, in its newest exhibition, Hopi Katsina Dolls: 100 Years of Carving.

More than 120 dolls are part of this exhibition. Selections from the Heard Museum’s six major katsina doll collections offer insight into gradual stylistic changes and individual artists’ techniques and aesthetics in the exhibition. Visitors will also learn how a single carver’s style can be distinctive, a handy thing to know when collecting or simply admiring the artistry of Hopi carvers.

The exhibition continues through September 19, 2010.

Click here for video:Ryon Polequaptewa

Ryon Polequaptewa offers his comments on stylistic change in carving and insights into his carving style.

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