A trip to Phoenix, Arizona would not be complete without a visit to the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art at 2301 N. Central Ave. Founded in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Heard, the museum has undergone several expansions; two additional galleries are slated to shut down in May for another renovation. The internationally-recognized Heard is home to an extensive collection of art, a year-long calendar of festivals and events and a comprehensive research facility.
This time around, two exhibits, one old and one new, were particularly compelling.
“Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience,” is a multimedia exhibition curated by Margaret Archuleta and installed in 2002. The exhibition catalog, Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences 1879-2000, is available on Amazon. The museum is currently planning an expansion of this long-running exhibit.
The Pueblo of Isleta has mounted a traveling exhibition that presents a history of the people in photographs. The curators of “Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century” note that this story is told in part through the eyes of the white photographers who took the pictures. The exhibit is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.