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.


Personal Journeys: American Indian Landscapes

February 27, 2016 - September 28, 2016

Personal Journeys:American Indian Landscapes will explore the unique relationship American Indians have with land and how that has been expressed in art. Native artists use a variety of media and processes to express their stories, individual creations built on layers of cultural teachings, historical events, personal experiences and spiritual insights. Land as a subject matter ...

Gifted! Recent Additions to the Heard Collection

December 19, 2015 - May 1, 2016

The Heard Museum’s permanent collection is at the heart of its exhibits and programs. Gifted celebrates the gifted people who made the art, and the gifted collectors with an eye for art who generously gave their art to the museum. In addition, some donors have provided purchase funds, recognizing the museum’s need to buy the ...

The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century

April 5, 2014 - April 24, 2016

The Heard pays homage to the birth of a child and a modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists. In 1914, the Chiricahua Apache people were released from their status as prisoners of war and given allotments of land in and around Fort Sill, Okla. The descendants of Sam and ...

Every Picture Tells a Story

September 9, 2002 - April 17, 2016

Explore seven regions and see how American Indian artists reflect their environments in their artwork in this interactive gallery perfect for families. Spot the different wildlife and vegetation illustrated in the artwork, then try your hand at making a hummingbird, bandolier bag, Northwest Coast button blanket, bow guard or Inuit felt design. It's fun for everyone!

Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations

February 6, 2016 - April 17, 2016

This exhibit will consist of works co-created by seven pairs of American Indian artists from the greater Southwest region. Each pair consists of one established mentor artist and one emerging artist (age 16 to 20). Each partnership will involve the co-creation of a collaborative piece or series of pieces, depending on the medium. The exhibit ...

Las Favoritas de Frida: Selections from the Heard Collection

October 31, 2015 - March 27, 2016

What would Frida Kahlo wear? What kinds of folk art would she surround herself with? To answer those questions, the Heard went to the Phoenix Fridas. This collective of nine artists founded a decade ago draw inspiration by Frida Kahlo’s life, work and attitude toward life. The Fridas worked with the Heard to select items from the ...

We Are! Arizona’s First People

July 1, 2005 - March 16, 2016

Located in the Ullman Learning Center, this exhibit is the only gallery display in the state to include all 22 of Arizona’s federally recognized tribal communities. In their own voices, Arizona’s Native cultures explain their histories, cultures and futures. Children and kids-at-heart will love the interactive and hands-on take-home activities.

Frida Kahlo—Her Photos

October 31, 2015 - February 8, 2016

A selection of 240 photos from the Blue House archive in Mexico City will be exhibited at the Heard Museum, curated by acknowledged Mexican photographer and photo historian, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. Frida Kahlo’s photographs served as work tools, as memories and a means to exorcise solitude. Kahlo’s biography and exhibit shows the importance of this medium in her life.

Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art

December 20, 2014 - November 29, 2015

Sports have played a pivotal role in American Indian tribal communities; in fact, many contemporary sports are rooted in traditional tribal sporting games. Lacrosse and surfing have long been attributed to indigenous peoples, while other games such as cross-country running, racquetball, cross-country skiing and canoeing, although not exclusive to the Americas, evolved independently. Native athletes ...

Loloma: Expressions in Metal, Ink and Clay

February 28, 2015 - October 4, 2015

Few know that, in addition to being one of Native America’s most beloved and acclaimed jewelers, Charles Loloma (Hopi) also created beautiful pen and ink drawings of landscapes, textiles and corn, among other inspirations. The exhibit will offer fresh insights into the talents of this leading Native artist. Loloma’s drawings echo his design esthetic for ...