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Powerful Images at the Heard Museum

  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.

- Ali Macalady