Featured Exhibitions

Gentlemen soldier
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.

Cara Romero - Julia
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


Desert Hollywood
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.


Museum Exhibits


Weavings of The Dance:
​Early Yei Textiles

This collection of amazing weavings tell us the story of the Navajo healing ceremonies.

TDART-Spider Woman

The Teachings of the Spider Woman

Textiles tell stories. This exhibit helps us to find them in each amazing, uniquely crafted work.


Hopi Artistry

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. 

Past Exhibitions

2019 - 2020 Exhibitions

2017 - 2018 Exhibitions

2016 - 2017 Exhibitions

2015 - 2016 Exhibitions