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Past Exhibits

Missed an exhibition? Learn about exhibits previously on display at Heard Museum Phoenix or the former Heard Museum North Scottsdale! If you'd like to order a previous exhibition's catalog (when printed) please visit our online shop or call Books & More at 602.251.0258 if you have any questions.


Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight

February 5, 2021 - July 3, 2021

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 largely unexplored. This original exhibition takes visitors ...

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 ...

Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art from Indigenous North America

September 4, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art From Indigenous North America will present works by contemporary artists working across the United States and Canada in a variety of mediums and modalities. Opening summer 2020, the exhibition centers around works produced in the 21st century, highlighting the significant contribution Indigenous artists have made and continue to make to ...

MARIA HUPFIELD : Nine Years Towards the Sun

December 6, 2019 - November 15, 2020

MARIA HUPFIELD: Nine Years Towards the Sun, a solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabek artist Maria Hupfield will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist. The exhibition, curated by Heard Museum Fine Arts Curator Erin Joyce, will take place over several exhibition spaces and range in content from performance, sculptural installation, video, ...

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry

October 28, 2019 - June 28, 2020

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry highlights the impact that Yosemite has had over time and space on artistic production, from the valley’s original Indigenous inhabitants to one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 1982, British artist David Hockney began the first of his many expeditions to ...

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 ...

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, ...