Photos from Heard Museum
Sunday, April 1, 2007

We arrived early at Phoenix's Heard Museum, so I had lots of time to take pictures outdoors before it opened:

The Heard Museum has beautiful courtyards...

Close up of that sculpture underneath...

Julia in the courtyard near the Museum entrance...

closer view of that entrancing statue (even closer underneath)...
Earth song, by Allan Houser (1914 - 1994, Chiricahua Apache) 1978

Khwee-seng (Woman-Man), by Nora Naranjo Morse

back view of Khwee-seng (Woman-Man)

I love the way the sunlight accents this sculpture's form. I was able to barely make out the name of who created it by magnifying the card 316%. On the marble statue, at 521%, I could decipher 'Earth Song' and 'Apache', which with a Google search, brought the rest. Sadly, I didn't get a close enough view of info card on the other sculpture, to make any sense of it at all.

Once indoors, I was meticulous with this, however, focusing directly on the cards. It is a huge maze inside, with all sorts of nooks and crannies filled with fascinating and informative pieces. Many of the photos didn't turn out but here are a few which did:

Musical Mermaid , by Heron Martinez, Acatlan, Puebla, Mexico, 1976, ceramic, paint
(the charming unidentifed critter to the right is too cute to crop...)

Clay pot, by Camille Quotskuyva (b. 1964, Hopi-Tewa), 1991
"Like other innovative potters, Camille Quotskuyva, Nampeyo's great-great-grandaughter, created her own version of the bird-wing motif."

Silver inlaid box, by Mary Kallestewa (1915-1980s, Zuni) and Roger Skeet (1900-1970, Navajo), 1948

Belt Buckles by Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson:
"Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson, a Pueblo and Navajo collaboration, have worked together designing and fabricating elegant jewelry for at least 25 years. Utilizing their carefully selected and hoarded cache of unique picture jasper cabochons, they have created [many] beautiful buckles with integral southwestern landscapes or landform images. This exemplifies their reverence for the landscape that has often provided them with design concepts throughout their career. The buckles are further enhanced for the wearer by the intriguing, secret drawings pierced on the silver backing plates."
(from Ganoksin description)

I also love the way the two sided window displays allow other displays to show through, catching a woman in the distance also enjoying the Bird/Johnson jewelry.

Julia says she didn't choose that dress on purpose, but how appropriate for this museum!

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