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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.

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; ...

Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest

April 9, 2016 - January 7, 2018

Deepen your knowledge of the Grand Canyon by making this exhibit your first stop on the way! The Santa Fe Railway and its concessionaire, the Fred Harvey Company, were masters at creating a vision of the Southwest. Jointly, their ephemeral publications promoting the merits of the “Indian Southwest” number in the tens of thousands. Their ...

Black White Blue Yellow (“BWBY”)

July 29, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Opened: July 29, 2017 Closed: October 15, 2017 Black White Blue Yellow, the immersive four-channel video and sound installation by artist Steven Yazzie (Navajo/Laguna/European) returns to the museum. The exhibition explores the four sacred mountains that surround the Diné/Navajo people: BLACK (North): Dib’e Nitsaa/Hesperus Mountain WHITE (East): Peak/Sisnaajini /Blanca Peak BLUE (South): Tsoodzil Mount Taylor/south YELLOW (West): Dookʼoʼoosłíí/San ...

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

April 11, 2017 - September 4, 2017

This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see firsthand masterpieces by two of the most important and recognizable artists of the 20th century. Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor for Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, making Phoenix its only North American stop on a world tour. Thirty-three works by the famed Mexican artists, from the Jacques ...

It's Your Turn: Frida and Diego hands on activities for kids in conjunction with the exhibition Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

It’s Your Turn: Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

April 11, 2017 - August 20, 2017

When Frida Kahlo began teaching art in 1943, she quickly attracted a small group of devoted students who were inspired by her personality and unique teaching style. When her physical condition kept her from traveling to the art school to teach, Frida held her classes at her home, La Casa Azul. She also took her ...