February 14, 2023 through 2024

Eric Kaldahl, and Maria Martinez, Curators

Collection Spotlight:
The lindsays' wedding vases-a love story

In modern times, ceramic artists and gallery owners focused collectors’ attention on the symbolism of two spouts stemming from one reservoir of life-giving water.  Today these vessels are popularly called “wedding vases.” Contemporary forms of the wedding vase have become gifts of well-wishing to couples. 

For Alexander and Jane Lindsay, married in 1952, wedding vases became a frequent gift to one another on special occasions.  Their four daughters also added to their collection over the years.  Together for over 65 years, the couple’s collection grew to over 300 vessels, of which over 200 were gifted to the Amerind by Jane and her children.  The Lindsays acquired many of the pots from Indigenous artisans, most residing in the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. From unknown artists to very accomplished potters.

Now on exhibit are select pieces from the Lindsay family wedding vase collection, a love story for all to enjoy. 

Photograph: Double-spouted olla by potter Tomasita Montoya, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, New Mexico.

May 2022 through May 2023

Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, Eric J. Kaldahl, and Maria Martinez, Curators

Hopi Quilts

The ancient communities of Hopi have a rich textile and artistic tradition. Their daily tools, made by hand, have both beauty and utility. The craft of quilting was introduced to Hopi in the latter half of the nineteenth century. From its initial adoption by the Hopi, quilting became an important craft, providing comfort and warmth. As generations have passed, quilts were incorporated into Hopi ceremony and important life passages. As it became an increasingly important cultural artform, fine quilters today apply the rich tradition of Hopi designs into their art. Quilts have become an indispensable part of Hopi life.

This exhibit features works by 11 contemporary Hopi artists. Hand painted designs appear on many of the quilt blocks.

November 12, 2022 through May 28, 2023

Wendy Davis, Beth Fulfer, Eric Kaldahl, Maria Martinez, Barbara Peck, and Helen Sanders, Curators

Livestock at Home & On the Range

Livestock has shaped every aspect of life in the American West. The management, care, and feeding of livestock influenced land ownership, law, water rights, town locations, railroad destinations, architecture, and jobs. In caring for these magnificent animals, families have dedicated generations to their husbandry. Livestock are embedded in the lives of many communities.

The artists of the American West have always found livestock, their caretakers, and ranches to be a source of inspiration. This exhibition includes over twenty artists who have captured livestock buildings and these essential animals in action and repose.

In addition to Amerind artworks from the permanent collection, this show contains breathtaking pieces from private collections that cannot be seen anywhere but here. This exhibition is a joint venture between the Amerind and Friends of Western Art (FWA), a nonprofit organization whose members support awareness of and promote Western Art.

July 10, 2022 through May 14, 2023

Randy Kemp, Maria Martinez, and John Miller, Curators

Transformation, Spirituality, and Humor

I chose to exhibit a series of paintings, mixed media, found objects, and printmaking processes, as a sort of retrospective to the present. Some pieces cover the theme of “Transformation” depicting a partly-human and raven (bird) emergence, “When Raven becomes a Man.” Connected to mythology or folklore, this story is along the lines of “Trickster” and “Deer Woman” from our Native American cultural storytelling.

The “Spirituality” works promote the human behavior of prayer in life and death. The belief in something greater (Creator) or what lies in the afterlife in the spiritual realms.  And finally, Indigenous peoples’ disposition has always advocated for “Humor” as a way of healing, fostering good living, and/or state of mind. Particularly, with a history of difficult hurdles to overcome while continuing to change narratives of competing perspectives. These works explore the different art disciplines from painting to printmaking to capture the strength of the message.

I hope these art pieces convey the stories, interests and give insights to Indigenous issues, themes and views. – Randy Kemp, 2022

April 19, 2022 extended through May 14, 2023

Ceci Garcia, Eric J. Kaldahl, Maria Martinez John Salgado, and Glory Tacheenie-Campoy, Curators

Raíces (Roots)

Amerind is proud to announce a new collaborative exhibition entitled Raíces (Roots). Sixteen artists from Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop have combined their talent and vision for a new and visually stunning exhibition. In this deeply personal show, the artists were asked to contribute artworks inspired by their roots. The exhibit they have created is grounded in family and community.

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop, a nonprofit arts organization headquartered in Tucson, brings together established and emerging artists with deep roots in southern Arizona. For over twenty-five years, their organization has brought together very diverse people from our community to help to create a better understanding of our community’s cultures and customs through the arts. Learn more about the Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop artist collective at www.raicestaller222.com.

Permanent Exhibit

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

American Art Form: A Century of A:shiwi (Zuni) and Diné (Navajo) Jewelry

Zuni and Navajo jewelers create some of the most distinctive and beautiful jewelry in the world. Amerind is the proud home of a newly donated jewelry collection built over three generations, from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, which includes thousands of pieces by hundreds of artists. This exhibit showcases the history and development of this jewelry and the artists who made these remarkable pieces and put their art form on the world stage.

Permanent Exhibit

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

Without Borders: The Deep History of Paquimé (Bilingual Exhibit)

Visitors can walk through this exhibit, inspired by the architecture of Paquimé, and explore sixty years of research in Chihuahua, Mexico. Paquimé was one of the most socially, politically, and ceremonially important towns in the region. It grew into a leading community in northern Mexico in the late AD 1200s and flourished through the end of the AD 1400s. Home to some of the most remarkable architecture, civil engineering, and ceramic artistry in the region—the ancient town has been designed by the United Nations as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Partially funded by Arizona Humanities, The Robert J. Wick Family Foundation, and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

Permanent Exhibit

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

Fleet of Foot: Indigenous Running and Games from Ancient Times to Today

Among all the people of the world, running and games are universal. Across cultures and traditions, sports and running are universal activities that can help us relate to one another. In the differences among our sports practices, we gain new insights into the ways of other communities. This exhibit considers running and running sports among the Indigenous communities of the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. Partially funded by Arizona Humanities.

Permanent Exhibit

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

Indigenous Water/Ways

The Indigenous peoples of the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico treasure water in all its forms. This exhibit showcases Amerind pottery, baskets, jewelry, weavings, wood, shell, and antler carvings with water designs and motfis.Visitors will also learn about the way Indigenous farmers used water and engineered the land to nourish their crops.

Permanent Exhibit

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

A Singular Treasure: The Katsikodi Story Robe

Visitors can view an elk hide painted with scenes of hunters, singers, and dancers, created by the Eastern Shoshone artist Katsikodi. He is believed to have been born inthe 1860s and passed away around 1912. Over 20 of his distinctive painted robes have survived the forces of history, largely now preserved in museum collections like Amerind’s. Friends of Western Art supported the conservation of this elk hide.

Permanent Exhibit

Eric Kaldahl, Curator

Ma Fulton’s FF Ranch

Amerind’s founders Rose Hayden Fulton (1881-1968) and William Shirley Fulton (1880-1964) moved to Arizona in 1930. Mrs. Fulton, affectionately known as Ma Fulton, had a ranch operation where she raised and trained some of the finest quarter horses in the United States. Photographs of her horses, ranch hands, and operations are on exhibit along with her prize winning ribbons and trophies.

Permanent Exhibit

Charles Di Peso, Anne Woosley, Allan McIntyre, John Ware, Carol Charnley, and Eric Kaldahl, Curators

The Pine Study

The Pine Study was installed on the occasion of Mr. Fulton’s 80th birthday in the year 1960. The wood paneling and furnishings came from the Fulton family home in Connecticut. Many of Mr. Fulton’s personal effects are found in this exhibit. The paintings on the wall were done by family members and friends. The Pine Study served as Mr. Fulton’s office for the last years of his life.

Permanent Exhibit

John Ware and Carol Charnley, Curators

Images in Time

Built in 1939, the museum building’s main gallery houses artistic treasures created by Indigenous artists from the Arctic to Mexico. Many of the pieces were made during the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. Visitors will learn about the amazing diversity of Indigenous cultures found throughout North America.

Permanent Exhibit

John Ware and Carol Charnley, Curators​

Apache People and History

The Chiricahua Apache people’s history in southeastern Arizona is rich and complex. Visitors will have an overview of the many Indigenous groups who speak the Apache language, and learn about the history of the Chiricahua Apache people specifically.

Permanent Exhibit

John Ware, Curator

Indigenous Dolls

In the museum building entryway, your little ones will find a great selection of Indigenous dolls, lovingly made by parents and grandparents from all across America.

Permanent Exhibit

Carol Charnley and Ron Bridgemon, Jr., Curators

The Potters of Mata Ortiz

Potters from the Mexican town of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico, were inspired by the ancient potters of Paquimé creating beautiful reproductions of that ancient craft. They then began new pottery traditions with finely painted and incised pottery in new shapes and styles. This exhibit shows how these potters are inspired by the past, but are creating new traditions for the future.

Permanent Exhibit

Carol Charnley, Curator

Diné Arts

Known for their weaving and silver work, Diné woven rugs, weaving tools, silversmithing tools, and other arts are found at several locations on the museum’s second floor.

Permanent Exhibit

Anne Woosley and Allan McIntyre, Curators​

Hallway of Time

Connecting the 1939 and 1950 wings of the Amerind museum building, this hallway lets visitors peer into the archaeology of the American Southwest. Visitors will learn about the most ancient human tools found in Arizona used some 13,000 years ago. Here to people will learn about the most well studied farming cultures of the America Southwest: Huhugam (Hohokam), Mogollon, and Ancestral Pueblo peoples. These farming communities flourished some two thousand years and their descendants still call this region home.

Permanent Exhibit

Anne Woosley and Allan McIntyre, Curators​

Spanish Colonial and Mexican Religious Art

Amerind sits on land that Indigenous people have called home for 13,000 years. In historic times, the governments of Spain, Mexico, and the United States have exercised their sovereignty over the region. This exhibit displays the religious arts of colonial Spain, Mexico, and more contemporary pieces rooted in the Spanish colonial tradition.

Permanent Exhibit

Anne Woosley and Allan McIntyre, Curators​

North American Indigenous Arts

The Amerind is home to the arts of Indigenous people from across North America. Now on exhibit are examples of cradleboards from many Indigenous communities. These cradleboards show the love and care of their makers for their children. Also on exhibit are personal accessories and clothing adorned with porcupine quillwork and beadwork.

Permanent Exhibit

Anne Woosley and Allan McIntyre, Curators​

Yesterday's Amerind

This small enclosed room gives visitors of sense of Amerind museum history. From 1936 until the 1980s, the Amerind was closed to the public. To see its private collections, visitors had to call for an appointment. This exhibit gives today’s visitors a sense of how Amerind’s collection was displayed in the early years of our museum’s history.

Permanent Exhibit

Hopi Katsina Carvings and Hopi Plaques