Indigenous Arts | Arte Indígena

March 11, 2021—ongoing | 11 de marzo de 2021—en curso

Exhibition Dates:
March 11, 2021—ongoing

On view in the Indigenous Arts Gallery

Museum Hours:
Thursday – Sunday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Fecha de exhibición:
11 de marzo de 2021—en curso

a la vista en la galeria de arte indigena

Horario del museo:
jueves – domingo
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

In the Beginning…

In origin stories, where one lives is the center of the world and the place where it all began. As the Tucson Museum of Art is located upon the territories of Indigenous Sonoran Desert Communities, namely the O’odham and Yoeme, the works of art begin here, followed by those of tribal communities throughout Arizona, New Mexico, the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the California Coast.

This exhibition is a collaborative effort guided by a committee of Indigenous representatives in partnership with the museum, choosing works of art that speak to the complexities of tribal communities, sovereignty, and creativity. While this museum is a caretaker of the art it does not assume specific cultural knowledge recognized by certain peoples—instead, we strive to present the works presented here with utmost respect.

Through collaborative stewardship, multivocal interpretation, and creative pairings we collectively aim to tell some of the stories behind the works of art in TMA’s care. Additionally, loans from individuals and the Amerind Foundation are included to augment the permanent collection. Interwoven throughout this gallery are important themes within time and place. Works of art present thriving 21st century Indigenous peoples, cultural sovereignty, histories, and the resiliency and continuity of cultural practices through a diverse array of media.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Julia Arriola, Monica Buckle, Martina Dawley, Colleen Lucero, Reuben Naranjo, and David Tenario for their unwavering collaboration and guidance – even in the face of a global pandemic. We are forever grateful for the continued support of the San Xavier District Culture & Natural Resources Committee. Many thanks to Diana Lucero, the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, and Dr. Hannah McElgunn for their assistance and encouragement.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MG-50-19-0044-19).


En el comienzo…

En las historias sobre el origen, donde uno vive es el centro del mundo y el lugar donde todo comenzó. Como el Tucson Museum of Art se encuentra en territorios de las comunidades indígenas del Desierto de Sonora, principalmente O’odham y Yoeme, las obras de arte comienzan aquí, y continúan con las comunidades tribales a lo largo de Arizona, Nuevo México, las Grandes Llanuras, las Montañas Rocosas, y la costa de California.

Esta exhibición es un trabajo colaborativo guiado por un comité de representantes de las comunidades indígenas en asociación con el museo, con el propósito de elegir las obras de arte que expresen las vicisitudes de las comunidades tribales, su soberanía y su creatividad. Si bien este museo es el curador del arte, no asume un conocimiento cultural específico reconocido por ciertos pueblos; en cambio, nos esforzamos en destacar las obras aquí presentes con el mayor de los respetos.

Mediante la administración colaborativa, la interpretación multivocal, y la creación de parejas creativas, tenemos el propósito colectivo de contar algunas de las historias detrás de las obras de arte al cuidado del TMA. Además, se incluyen préstamos personales y de la Fundación Amerind para aumentar la colección permanente. Entrelazados a lo largo de esta galería encontramos temas relevantes en tiempo y espacio. Las obras de arte presentan a los pueblos indígenas prósperos del siglo XXI, su soberanía cultural, sus historias, y la resiliencia y continuidad de las prácticas culturales a través de una gran cantidad de medios.

Queremos extender nuestro agradecimiento a Julia Arriola, Monica Buckle, Martina Dawley, Colleen Lucero, Reuben Naranjo y David Tenario por su inigualable colaboracion y asesoría, aun en medio de una pandemia mundial. Estaremos eternamente agradecidos por el continuo apoyo del Comité de Cultura y Recursos Naturales del Districto de San Xavier. Muchas gracias a Diana Lucero, la Oficina de Preservación Cultural Hopi y a la Dra. Hannah McElgunn por su ayuda y aliento.

Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas (MG-50-19-0044-19).

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MG-50-19-0044-19). The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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SUPPORT | APOYO

The 2020-2021 Exhibition Season at TMA is presented by James and Louise Glasser.

With support from the following season sponsors: Fran and Jim Allen, Alice and Paul Baker, Mary Jo Brown, Connie Hillman Family Foundation, I. Michael and Beth Kasser, Anne and Ed Lyman, Jeanne Pickering and Mike Andrew, TMA League, Contemporary Art Society, Latin American Art Patrons and Western Art Patrons.


La temporada de exhibición 2020-2021 en TMA es presentada por James y Louise Glasser. 

Con el apoyo de: Fran y Jim Allen, Alice y Paul Baker, Mary Jo Brown, Connie Hillman Family Foundation, I. Michael y Beth Kasser, Anne y Ed Lyman, Jeanne Pickering y Mike Andrew, TMA League, Contemporary Art Society, Latin American Art Patrons y Western Art Patrons. 

Images: Nampeyo, Hopi, Tewa; Hano, First Mesa, Arizona; Seed Jar, 1905, clay, polychrome slip decoration. Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Gift from the Collection of Drs. Mark and Kathleen Sublette. 2005.21.3 (Cover) Marlowe Katoney (b. 1976), Diné (Navajo), Garden Ornaments, wool, 51 x 44 in. Gift of James and Louise Glasser. 2019.11


Imágenes: Nampeyo, Hopi, Tewa; Hano, First Mesa, Arizona; Jarrón de Semillas, 1905, arcilla, decoración de colada de arcilla policromada. Colección del Museo de Arte de Tucson. Regalo de la Colección de los Dres. Mark and Kathleen Sublette. 2005.21.3. Marlowe Katoney (b. 1976), Diné (Navajo), Garden Ornaments, lana, 51 x 44 in. Obsequio de James and Louise Glasser. 2019.11