February 5, 2020 - June 28, 2020
Buffalo Soldiers: The 10th Cavalry Regiment Told Through the Art of David Laughlin
Buffalo Soldiers: The 10th Cavalry Regiment Told Through the Art of David Laughlin paints a picture of daily life for African American soldiers serving in the post-Civil War American West. Through his paintings, drawings, and block prints, artist David Laughlin depicts the 10th Cavalry Regiment’s daily activities while stationed in AZ from 1885 - 1896. With the US Government pushing for western expansion, the Buffalo Soldiers’ tasks ranged from building outposts and laying telegraph lines to protecting settlers, stagecoaches and railroad crews and fighting Native Americans, outlaws and rustlers. Their days were full and difficult, however their military service offered them a chance to obtain better rights as citizens in the recently liberated United States.
For this exhibition we are partnering with GSAAC ; a local Buffalo Soldiers Educational group that is working to erect a Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Plaza here in Tucson. Help support GSAAC's memorial project mission by donating.
January 10, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Art is the Seed: Contemporary Native American Female Art
Image credit: Cara Romero
Art is the Seed explores how traditional Native American crafts are the cultural “seeds” inspiring many contemporary Native American artists’ works. This exhibition features artworks by exciting contemporary female artists paired with historic and traditional crafts that have inspired their works. Informed by the history and stories behind the traditional crafts, visitors will come away with a greater appreciation and understanding of contemporary Native American art.
The exhibition will feature contemporary art by Cara Romero, Marla Alison, Sarah Sense, Natani Notah and Darby Raymond-Overstreet, in addition to historic artifacts generously loaned by Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery.
Exhibition made possible by a grant from AZ Humanities
January 10, 2020 - May 31, 2020
The REDress Project
According to the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), Arizona had the third highest number of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in the United States. Tucson accounted for the majority of these cases.
Raising awareness for this crisis, The REDress Project by Métis artist Jaime Black is an art installation of empty red dresses that evokes a presence through the marking of absence. Black draws attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Native women. Since 2011, The REDress Project has become an international symbol of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) movement throughout Canada and now in the United States.
Exhibition made possible by a grant from AZ Humanities.
Ongoing & Permanent Exhibits
Celebrity Landscapes in Cinema
Desert Hollywood explores the “celebrity careers” of prominent Southwestern landscapes in film and television. More than mere backdrops, these landscapes including Monument Valley, the Imperial Sand Dunes, Lake Powell, the Moab area and the Sonoran Desert surrounding Tucson have become familiar, even iconic, through their supporting roles in film. Featuring video clips, stills, and behind-the-scenes photography. This exhibition explores how these landscapes have starred in a variety of genres from westerns to sci-fi, whether it's Monument Valley portraying central Arizona in John’s Ford’s 1939 Stagecoach or Yuma’s Imperial Sand Dunes portraying desert planet Tatooine in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
Sacred Walls: Native American Muralism
The Museum celebrates the unique artistry of Native American muralists, via a large mural on the outside wall of the Museum and several floor-to-ceiling murals within the Museum by noted Native American artists including Dose, Dwayne Manuel, Jaque Fragua, & Anitra "Yukue" Molina.
The Weavings of the Diné
A premier collection of pre-1940’s Navajo textiles, including Chief’s blankets, Eye Dazzlers, Saddle blankets, Germantown weavings, Yei weavings and child's blankets.
The Dawn of American Landscape
Masterpieces by the preeminent Nineteenth century landscape painters. Works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and other master artists. This collection captures the transcendental spirit of these artists' search and expression of the sublime.
Weavings of The Dance:
Early Yei Textiles
This collection of amazing weavings tell us the story of the Navajo healing ceremonies.
The Teachings of the Spider Woman
Textiles tell stories. This exhibit helps us to find them in each amazing, uniquely crafted work.
Immerse yourself in a slice of the beautiful arts of the Hopi people.
Cartography of the Americas
Learn about our history through an impressive collection of vintage maps from the great mapmakers of the world.
Arizona Women Uncovered
Who would have guessed! The history of women’s underwear offers us unique insight into the arts and lifestyle of our early pioneer women. Joint Curation with Claudine Villardito of Black Cat Vintage and Tucson Desert Art Museum.