PHOENIX, AZ.- The Heard Museum
s new exhibition tells the story of an artistic movement that is often left out of the broader story of American art. Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art reflects 100 years of Indigenous creative expression and elevates the artists who have been central to the Native American Fine Art Movement.
Opening on Oct. 26, 2021, Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art showcases paintings, photography, sculpture and digital works of art produced by leading American Indian artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition includes 75 works of art drawn from the Heards permanent collection that illustrate a progression of ideas and aesthetic expressions defining a major artistic movement that began in the early 20th century. Early works featured in the exhibition are by artists including Fred Kabotie (Hopi), Tonita Peña (San Ildefonso Pueblo) and Carl Sweezy (Southern Arapaho). The most recent include 21st century works by Kent Monkman (Cree), Tanya Lukin Linklater (Alutiiq) and Steven J. Yazzie (Navajo). The exhibition offers visitors a reminder of the many contributions that Indigenous artists have made to American art as well as the powerful ways that art can inspire and help us to better understand the world we share.
Remembering the Future celebrates a century of brilliant and dazzling Indigenous creative expression and is a visual testament to the Native American Fine Art Movement, which, as a movement, has been largely overlooked by museums and art historians, says David M. Roche, Dickey Family Director & CEO of the Heard Museum. There has never been a more critical moment than right now for museums to be thinking about the future. In showing these masterworks from the Heards permanent collection, we are remembering the important contributions these Indigenous artists have made to cultures beyond their own as well as a future in which they will not be forgotten.
Presented in the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery, Remembering the Future is curated by Diana Pardue, chief curator, and Dr. Ann Marshall, director of research. The span of one century is meant to convey, with meaningful depth of perspective and certitude, that in remembering the history of American Indian art, the Heard Museum is also remembering the future.