Main Gallery:
American Art Form: A Century of Zuni and Navajo Jewelry
New permanent exhibit
Amerind is the proud home of one of the largest and best documented Zuni and Navajo jewelry collections in the world. A recent donation from one remarkable family, the collection includes thousands upon thousands of jewelry pieces made by artisans and masters from the late 19th through 20th century. This exhibit debuts a small fraction of this amazing collection for the public to see. Collected over three generations, the donating family had a personal relationship with many of these artisans. The jewelers represented in this collection pioneered a uniquely American art form that thrust Indigenous design and vision onto a global stage.


Ethnology Room:

Fleet of Foot: Indigenous Running and Games from Ancient Times to Today (with advisors Dr. Will Russell (Comanche/Southern Cherokee), Dr. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi), and Ms. Angelina Saraficio (Tohono O’odham)


Archaeology Room:
Without Borders: The Deep History of Paquimé
New permanent exhibit
Sixty years ago this year, Amerind excavated one of the most amazing archaeological sites in our region: Paquimé in Chihuahua, Mexico. With a team of top archaeological scholars, this new permanent exhibit lets you explore the arts, history, and architecture of this important ancient community that flourished over seven centuries ago. From Amerind’s foundational research to the latest discoveries—the story of this community and its ingenious people will ignite your imagination.

The Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery:

The Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery was built in the mid-1950s to house the Fulton family’s art collection. Amerind’s founders Rose Hayden Fulton and William Shirley Fulton played an important part in collecting the fine art in Amerind’s permanent collection. Today the gallery features exhibits by contemporary indigenous artists and other contemporary artists of the American West, in addition to displaying works from the permanent collection. The current exhibitions are listed below:

Water is Life
Exhibit: March 9, 2019–February 28, 2020

Amerind is proud to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways, a look at the history and science of water in the United States. While the Smithsonian exhibit will visit the Amerind in March and April of 2019, Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits and programs.

In this invited show, Indigenous artists exhibit works related to water. Water is indispensable to the body as it is to the spirit. Rain, snow, and clouds are depicted in art created centuries ago and are still the subject of artworks today. Ancient songs, still sung today in Indigenous communities, celebrate the ocean, rain, and tumbling waters that race across arroyos and riverbeds. Come see what water inspires.


The Art of Gerry Quotskuyva (Hopi)
Current–April 19, 2020

Hopi artist Gerry Quotskuyva is a member of the Bear Strap Clan from the Second Mesa Village of Shungopavi in Northern Arizona. He currently resides in Rimrock, AZ where he maintains a studio. His remarkable style has been nationally recognized in various media including public television, newspaper articles and books including Art of the Hopi by Jerry and Lois Jacka, Katsina by Zena Pearlstone, and Ancestral Echoes, a 10-year retrospective. Quotskuyva has garnered numerous awards for his carvings and paintings.


Capturing Sunlight: Images from the Southwest
by Maria Arvayo (Yoeme)
Current–April 26, 2020

In her own words: My work focuses on depicting the Sonoran landscape. I attempt to capture the quality of light, the warmth and the distinct beauty. I work in a wide variety of media, but the majority of my work is in oil, acrylic, pastel, and encaustic. My work is inspired by the natural world. Some pieces, although they may seem abstract, are usually objects that by their own nature are abstract. Through my images I hope to express and share the beauty that I see around us.

Cowboys at Work, a joint exhibit of Friends of Western Art and Amerind

Current-May 24, 2020

 

The artworks in this show celebrate the cowboys and cowgirls of the American West, capturing their work out on the range and back at the ranch. This exhibit, created in partnership with Friends of Western Art, displays artworks from private collections and from Amerind’s permanent collection.



Indigenous Water/Ways

Current–June 14, 2020

Amerind is proud to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways, a look at the history and science of water in the United States. While the Smithsonian exhibit will visit the Amerind in March and April of 2019, Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits and programs.

Indigenous communities of the southwestern US and northern Mexico revere water in all its forms. With incredible feats of engineering and an eye to sustainability, Indigenous farmers and ranchers have carefully cultivated water resources to nourish their crops, livestock, and people. This exhibit explores the intersection of water with Indigenous life in deep history and recent times. Arts and crafts that celebrate water in all its forms and depict the harbingers of our rainy season accompany the exhibition.

Quiet Clouds by Gil Scott (Diné)

Current-August 16, 2020

From the artist: My palette of colors is strong, bold, and simple. My images and subjects are interpretations of how I view my culture, my Diné (Navajo) heritage. My subjects are the high southwest desert landscapes, traditional baskets, and our traditional homes known as “Hogans.” These are just a few subjects which inspire my imagination.

Siki Yoka, the art of Gabriel Ayala (Yoeme)

Current-January 31, 2021

A member of the Yaqui people of Southern Arizona, guitarist Gabriel Ayala is a classically trained musician, composer and multi-dimensional artist. In October, 2017, Gabriel began creating ledger art—a deeply personal and contemporary way of infusing his cultural traditions of storytelling through visual art. The new expression now numbers more than 150 pieces. Gabriel’s work showcases moments in history to share and educate people on the travesties that have occurred to Indigenous people who have been silenced for far too long. Gabriel serves as an advocate for education for all youth. Gabriel believes in leading our children in the right direction through his philosophy, “Love your children, Honor your elders, and Respect your women.” Included with museum admission.

In the Fulton Legacy Gallery: A historical exhibit on Ma Fulton’s FF Ranch, ongoing.  More...
 
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Upcoming Exhibits:

Singing My Song: The Art of Duane Maktima, a new exhibit by Duane Maktima (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi)

Exhibit run time: March 17, 2020-December 31, 2020

This is a retrospective exhibition on the artistic career of Duane Maktima (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi), master jeweler and metalsmith. Duane Maktima is an award winning jeweler with nearly 40 years as a working artist. In addition to selling in the best galleries, his pieces are held by several museums, including Amerind’s. Learn more about Duane’s life, career, and development into a nationally recognized jewelry designer, artist, and mentor.

 

Walking Quietly: Mixed Media Works by Melanie Yazzie (Diné)

Gallery Talk: May 2, 2020, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

See the exhibit from May 1, 2020-December 31, 2020

As a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Melanie Yazzie’s work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum “walk in beauty” literally, creating beauty and harmony. As an artist, she works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena shaping the contemporary lives of Native peoples in the United States and beyond. Her work incorporates personal experiences as well as the events and symbols from Diné culture. Included with museum admission.


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