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.​

Upcoming Exhibitions

September 18, 2019 – February 28, 2020

Delilah Montoya: Sed, The Trail of Thirst

Installation from this award-winning artist focuses on the hardships migrants face while crossing the border and pays homage to the bravery of individuals who have perished on the journey.

Exhibition made possible through the Andrew Smith Gallery in Tucson.

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January 10, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Art is the Seed: Contemporary Native American Female Art

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.

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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.

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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. 

Past Exhibitions

2019 - 2020 Exhibitions

2017 - 2018 Exhibitions

2016 - 2017 Exhibitions

2015 - 2016 Exhibitions