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The basic ingredients couldn't be simpler—earth and water, plus a few mineral and vegetal dyes. But in the hands of a gifted artisan, guided and inspired by a long and rich tradition, these humble elements are transformed into stunning works of art possessing exceptional beauty and grace. Elegance From Earth: Hopi Pottery is a new exhibit at the Heard Museum that tells the story of the centuries-old Hopi pottery tradition. The exhibit is presented by Peabody Energy.
"Hopi pottery is famous for its intricate painting," commented Heard curator Diana Pardue. "There is nothing else quite like it. By exhibiting both historic as well as contemporary work,Elegance From Earth will illustrate the great range and scope of this wonderful tradition."
“Peabody Energy is proud to partner with the Heard Museum to share the magnificent artistry of the Hopi people,” said Peabody Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregory H. Boyce. “Given our 40-year business relationship with the Hopi Tribe, we are honored to celebrate their rich cultural heritage.”
Elegance From Earth explores the intertwined matriarchal artistic legacies of the Nampeyo, Naha and Navasie families. The Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo (c.1859-1942) was the first American Indian potter to be known and recognized by name. She revived a style of low-shouldered spherical jars based on those made at the village of Sikyatki in the 1600s, evolving detailed and complex designs inspired by Sikyatki pottery. In more recent times, her great-granddaughter Dextra Quotskuyva has received much recognition for her innovative designs and has taught some techniques to other family members, including her daughter Camille and her nephews Steve Lucas and Les Namingha.
The exhibit will also showcase the work of another great Hopi pottery matriarch, Paqua Naha (Frog Woman), who developed a distinctive style of white-slipped pottery with black and deep-red designs that was later adopted by her daughter Joy Navasie, who passed the tradition on to her children and grandchildren. Other significant makers represented include Helen Naha and her two daughters Rainy and Sylvia.
"Pottery traditions, like those of other American Indian art forms, change and become reinvented through time," said Pardue. "Imaginative potters continue to work in centuries-old techniques using clay, paints and firing methods learned from their ancestors, while creating new shapes and painting unique designs."
Opens March 24; on display through June 30, 2013.
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With 11 exhibition galleries, there's much to see at the Heard. Guests frequently spend from two to five hours perusing the galleries. You can plan your visit ahead of time with our interactive map or download brochures in advance.
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
On Central Avenue, four blocks north of McDowell Road (Cross street: Encanto Blvd.)
1/2 mile north of Phoenix Art Museum
Museum Galleries – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Open until 9 p.m. on the third Friday of each month during NU.
Museum Shop & Berlin Gallery – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday,
11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
The Café at the Heard Museum – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Sunday
Coffee Cantina – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Books & More – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
The Heard Museum, the Heard Museum Shop, the Berlin Gallery and the Café at the Heard Museum are open 364 days a year - every day except December 25. Also, please note that the museum closes at 3 p.m. on December 24..
Adults – $15
Seniors 65+ – $13.50
Students with ID – $7.50
Children 6-12 – $7.50
Children under 6 – Free
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American Indians – Free
Free public guided tours are offered daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Additional tours may be scheduled depending on the season. Tours provide in-depth, personal interpretation of the museum’s exhibitions, collections and history. Tours include an in-depth look at the signature exhibit HOME: Native People in the Southwest at noon and 3 p.m., and a Highlights of the Heard tour at 2 p.m.
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