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Past Exhibitions

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.


Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

October 24, 2021 - November 6, 2022

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. ...

George Catlin on Indigenous Land

May 7, 2021 - April 24, 2022

Like many Western artists who followed him, George Catlin (1796-1872) traveled the West to make a record of the region’s Indigenous peoples. His goal was to preserve for future generations a pictorial history of Indigenous cultures, which he accomplished by painting portraits of peoples from nearly 40 tribes. The exhibition George Catlin on Indigenous Land ...

Toward the Morning Sun: Navajo Pictorial Textiles from the Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette Collection

November 5, 2021 - March 6, 2022

Opening on Nov. 5, 2021, the Heard Museum will present Toward the Morning Sun: Navajo Pictorial Textiles from the Jean-Paul and Rebecca Valette Collection. The 2018 gift to the museum from Jean-Paul and Rebecca M. Valette of their acclaimed collection includes textiles primarily woven during the first three decades of the 20th century. The Valettes ...

Behind the Mask: Indigenous Artists Speak Out

October 10, 2020 - January 31, 2022

Artists across the globe are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in creative ways, through music, poetry, performance and a variety of art forms. The face masks worn to prevent spread of the virus present a blank canvas for artists seeking to bring attention to the devastating effects the virus has had on Indigenous nations and ...

Small Wonders

March 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022

The exhibition Small Wonders provides the opportunity to see a range of intricately made small-format works including jewelry (rings, brooches, earrings and buckles) and specialty items such as silver seed pots, fetishes or stone carvings, and silver items in miniature. Each is shaped in silver, gold or from a variety of gemstones, and all are ...

Sonnet of Lament: Chip Thomas and Esther Belin

December 4, 2020 - November 16, 2021

This collaborative work between Chip Thomas and Esther Belin recounts the effects that the COVID-19 global health crisis has had on Indigenous communities and the ways in which it has illuminated the status and lived reality that Indigenous peoples face. The work itself is arresting in its visuality and layered in its composition. An unidentified ...

Around the World: The Heard Museum Collection

November 18, 2006 - November 8, 2021

Tour the global span of the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. This exhibit focuses on more than 75 years of collecting and preserving Native art and cultures in the Southwest and beyond. Starting with examples of work collected by museum founders Dwight and Maie Heard, and including donations by artists and collectors such as Byron Harvey and Richard Faletti, the exhibit features objects and artwork from indigenous ...

All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving

December 19, 2020 - October 17, 2021

All at Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving showcases 46 exquisite textiles from contemporary Navajo weavers. All at Once has been made possible by the generous donation of longtime Heard Museum members and supporters, Mark and Julie Dalrymple. These textiles, plus dozens more, now reside in the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. Artist statements from leading ...

Larger Than Memory Digital Experience

April 16, 2021 - September 6, 2021

Due to COVID19, the exhibition was extended online. The online site will be archived in the Museum Library. Larger Than Memory: Digital Experience presents works by contemporary artists working across the United States and Canada. Focusing on the two decades of 2000 to 2020, the exhibition highlights the significant contributions that Indigenous artists have made, ...

Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight

February 5, 2021 - July 3, 2021

Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight 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 ...

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