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Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith

This exhibit explores the paintings and metalworks of San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal).

Awa Tsireh Exhibit: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith

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 Tsireh’s work in silver and copper. As early as 1930, the artist was spending summers at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Colorado Springs where he made whimsical silver brooches and large copper and silver trays decorated with intricate stampwork.

This exhibit chronicles Awa Tsireh’s painting and metalwork career drawing from collections of the Heard Museum, art museums across the U. S., and the collection of Norman L. Sandfield. Additionally, the exhibit is accompanied by a 140-page catalogue.

It’s your chance to see the exhibit at the Heard Museum in its last month –  through July 1, 2018.

The Heard Museum

Heard Museum in Phoenix – 602-252-8840

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. It’s 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 strives to combine the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with their art. They 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.

According to the Heard Museum, when they 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 with an interest in American Indian arts and culture, many others hold ideas of American Indians that are frozen in a time long ago.

The Heard works on the curatorial challenge of balancing art and anthropology. They also explore the role that American Indian art plays in a broader context of all art – through different movements and forms, including architecture.

Heard Museum Visitor Information

Visitors to the Heard Museum can experience 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. VIEW WEBSITE

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