MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

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Featured Exhibitions

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May 1 - November 30, 2019

SNAP!  Snapshots of History through Vintage Advertising

SNAP! encourages guests to consider vintage advertisements as a historical mirror of the burgeoning American consumer class, circa 1900-­1960. The Museum warns that some of these ads may be offensive by current standards, as old stereotypes of race and gender abound in this exhibit. Come see the “Hidden Persuaders,” advertisements that both informed and mirrored the American experience. From colas to corsets, from cars to cigars, from Rosie the Riveter to Andy Warhol, explore memorable snapshots of twentieth century Americana.

Ongoing

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.

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Ongoing

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.​

Permanent Exhibitions

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The Weavings of the Diné

A premier collection of pre-1940’s Navajo textiles, including chief’s blankets, optical art, saddle blankets, Yei weavings and child's blankets.

Ongoing

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. 

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Museum Exhibits

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Weavings of The Dance:
​Early Yei Textiles

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

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The Teachings of the Spider Woman

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

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Hopi Artistry

Immerse yourself in a slice of the beautiful arts of the Hopi people.

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Cartography of the Americas

Learn about our history through an impressive collection of vintage maps from the great mapmakers of the world. 

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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. 

Museum Exhibits

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