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.


Sonwai: The Jewelry of Verma Nequatewa

October 5, 2018 - March 10, 2019

Verma Nequatewa (Hopi, b. 1949) began an apprenticeship with her uncle Charles Loloma around 1966. Nequatewa has signed her distinctive work with the Hopi feminine word for beauty, Sonwai, since 1989. It complements her uncle’s name, which was the masculine word with the same meaning. Nequatewa worked with her uncle for more than twenty years. ...

Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit

October 29, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit explores the surprising and little-known story of how Inuit people and culture inspired one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Henri Matisse. Included in the exhibition are works by Matisse that have not been publicly shown in the United States, and reunited dozens of stunning Yup’ik (Alaskan ...

Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith

November 3, 2017 - January 6, 2019

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 ...

Cheyenne Randall: The Mural Project

Cheyenne Randall: The Mural Project

February 2, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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 ...

Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience

November 18, 2000 - October 29, 2018

Few people realize that American Indians were forced by the federal government to attend residential boarding schools located hundreds of miles from home. This powerful exhibit immerses visitors into the story, which draws on first-person recollections, memorabilia and the writings and art of four generations of Indian school alumni.

It's Your Turn: a family friendly exhibition

It’s Your Turn: A HOME Studio

May 4, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Home is the center of life for Native peoples in the Southwest. Explore the many meanings of home and how it comes to life in clay, pigment, plants, fiber, wood, and metal by the people whose art and expression are reflections of the landscapes in which they live. This hands-on interactive exhibition space invites the ...

Artistic Excellence: The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Celebrates 60 Years

January 12, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Opened Jan. 12, 2018 For the past 60 years, the Heard Museum Guild has worked with superb American Indian artists to present an annual event at the museum that gives visitors an opportunity to meet with the artists and learn how they create their work. Charles Loloma, Fred Kabotie, Maria Martinez, Adam and Santana Martinez, ...

Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin

May 4, 2018 - September 3, 2018

Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin is a mid-career retrospective of contemporary Native Alaskan artist, Nicholas Galanin. Galanin, b. 1979 in Sitka, Alaska, is of mixed Tlingit-Unangax and non-Native ancestry. His approach to making art is conceptual, thematically addressing pertinent issues of American Indian representation and cultural critique. Galanin takes a multidisciplinary approach to art-making; his ...

Symmetry in Stone: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez

February 2, 2018 - August 5, 2018

For the first time in his more than 40-year career, Richard Chavez’s jewelry is featured in a retrospective exhibition. Since his early years of jewelry design and execution, Chavez has continued to painstakingly make each item by hand. An artist who enjoys designing, Chavez places an emphasis on stone selection, placement and presentation. Now, some ...

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

October 7, 2017 - April 15, 2018

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; ...