The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., known for its
extensive collection of Native American art, opens its 70th season
in an expanded facility, an $18.1 million, 50,000 square-foot
addition that doubles its size. Three major exhibits are slated for
the new space this year: Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native
America, opening Nov. 13, explores the differences between popular
images of modern Native Americans and the way Native Americans
define themselves through their own culture and artwork; We Are!
Arizona's First People, opening Jan. 1, 2000, features the voices
and art of Arizona's native people; and Remembering Our Indian
School Days: The Boarding School Experience, starting Feb. 19,
2000, uses four generations of former students' memorabilia,
writings and artwork to explore how Native Americans coped with
school far from their homes and families. Museum director Ann
Marshall says, "Hopefully, when people see all of these exhibits
they will have a much more profound idea of what it means to be
Native American." The museum will also host an artist-in-residence,
special events and smaller exhibits. Contact the museum at 2301 N.
Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 or call 602/252-8840.