The Heard Museum is a private, non-profit organization founded by Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard, a prominent Phoenix couple that moved to the region in 1895 from Chicago. The Museum is the oldest private museum in Arizona and a Phoenix landmark. Since its founding in 1929, the Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its collections, its programming and its annual cultural festivals. Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard is an institution that has strived to combine the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with their art; the focus primarily on tribes of the Southwest.
Since 1985, the Heard has focused on developing presentations that bring the “first person voice,” through words of Native artists directly to the public. When we ask Native artists and advisors what message they would like us to deliver, they say “tell people we are still here.” While this simple fact is obvious to those of us with an interest in American Indian arts and culture, many others hold ideas of American Indians that are frozen in a time long ago. We are working on the curatorial challenge of balancing art and anthropology.
We are also exploring the role that American Indian art plays in a broader context of all art, including its place in movements such as Modernism, Pop Art, and Individualism. Recent steps in this direction have included exhibits such as the Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and the creation of a Masterworks series in which Indigenous curators selected art from the Heard’s permanent collection.
We have also presented Modern Spirit: the Art of George Morrison, a retrospective exhibit organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and in the near future will be hosting Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist organized by the National Museum of the American Indian. Currently, the exhibition Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon, brings the finest examples from this multi-faceted artist to the attention of a whole new generation.
Heard Museum Exhibits
Known for its award-winning exhibits, the Heard Museum uses its collections and first-person voice to tell the stories of American Indian cultures while at the same time celebrates the diverse achievements of today’s artists. Experience the Heard’s many exhibition galleries that include both ongoing shows and changing exhibits featuring an array of artists and art forms.
Heard Museum Visitor Information
Your visit to the Heard Museum includes 12 exhibition galleries, free guided tours, outdoor sculpture gardens, a renowned café, a contemporary art gallery and trading-post style shopping, plus much more.
Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
For more information regarding Heard Museum, please call 602-252-8840 or visit them online.