Major gift of contemporary soft sculpture given to Heard Museum
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Friday, July 19, 2024

Major gift of contemporary soft sculpture given to Heard Museum
Rhonda Holy Bear, Cheyenne River Sioux/Lakota, b. 1959. Maternal Journey, 2010. Wood, gesso, paint, clay, cotton, wool, metal, glass microbeads, brain-tanned buckskin, rawhide, fur, hair, feathers, 31 x 42 in. Collection of Charles and Valerie Diker. Photo: Craig Smith, Heard Museum.

PHOENIX, AZ.- The Heard Museum announced today the promised gift from Charles and Valerie Diker of 23 works of contemporary Indigenous art - a selection of beaded soft sculpture figural dolls collected over the past 25 years. These examples reflect the achievements of five master artists including Rhonda Holy Bear, Joyce Growing Thunder, Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty, Jessa Rae Growing Thunder, and Jamie Okuma.

“It is a singular collection in the world of contemporary Native art, impossible to replicate,” said David M. Roche, Director and CEO, in making the announcement. “The dolls reflect customary cultural practices including painting on hide, and sewing with porcupine quills and glass beads, but at such a transcendent level that they are truly world-class works of art. This gift will immeasurably strengthen and enhance the Heard’s collection, and we are deeply grateful to Chuck and Valerie Diker for their generosity.”

“When we first discovered these sculptural figures, each with tiny, authentic examples of all the objects of Plains traditions, it was revelatory to Val and me,” noted Mr. Diker. “We could now appreciate the totality of Native American creative expression on an entirely different level. The sculptures represent the broad aesthetic of a glorious American Plains people. Because our figures are contemporary, they speak to us of today and tomorrow, while at the same time they preserve a dynamic living history. We wish to thank the leadership of the Heard Museum for enabling us to share these works of art with future generations.”

Exhibition of the Gift of the Diker Collection to the Heard Museum

The collection is currently on display at the Heard Museum in the Sandra Day O’Connor Gallery in the exhibition Grand Procession: Contemporary Plains Indian Dolls from the Collection of Charles and Valerie Diker. In 2010, the collection was the subject of an exhibition and publication produced by the Denver Art Museum. Several of the works from the Diker Collection were generously loaned to other museums in the United States including the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, and the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey.

The gift will be memorialized by a new scholarly publication written by the Heard Museum’s Chief Curator, Diana Pardue, and others. Education programs will be organized in conjunction with the exhibition and the subsequent and ongoing display of works from the collection.

The exhibition is featured on the Heard’s website at, as well as on the Museum’s social media channels.

Today's News

April 8, 2022

He worked for Warhol, but that's just part of the story

Archaic bronze food vessel shatters estimate in $2.2 million Chinese & Himalayan Works of Art Auction

Monumental 1932 Picasso portrait of Marie-Thérèse to make auction debut at Sotheby's

Major gift of contemporary soft sculpture given to Heard Museum

Exhibition is first dedicated to the role of found objects and unconventional materials in Basquiat's oeuvre

Christie's announces "The Thinker" by Rodin & "Le Grand Style : An Apartment on the Quai d'Orsay by Alberto Pinto"

Jamel Shabazz: Proud street culture on display

Banksy's 'Diamond In The Rough' will highlight Christie's New York 21st Century Evening Sale

Veronica Roberts to direct the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford

Bonhams announces highlights included in two sales to be held in Los Angeles

Dazzling Japanese treasures from the Royal Collection go on display together for the first time

1967 ISO Grifo series 1 GL350 ISN for sale with Silverstone Auctions

Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim 2022 winners announced

Foam opens an exhibition of works by Ana Núñez Rodríguez

Jewels of Golden Age idols Joan Crawford, Mitzi Gaynor shine in star-studded event at Heritage Auctions

Captain America's debut comic book sells for $3.12 million at Heritage Auctions

Doris Derby, Civil Rights era photographer, dies at 82

Wittgenstein's 'Private Notebooks' shed some light on an enigmatic genius

Jessica Bell Brown to head the Baltimore Museum of Art's Contemporary Art Department

Christie's presents Masterworks from the Alana Collection

Snøhetta reveals designs for $88M Hopkins Art Center Project at Dartmouth

Ulysses Jenkins: Journeys of a video griot

A decaying art gem signifying Venezuela's divisions could now help it heal

Caribbean, African banknotes among top draws in Heritage Auctions European Paper Money event

2 $/€ deposit casinos for Canadians in 2022

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful