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For Questions about our Events and Programs
contact Darlene Lizarraga via email
or at 520-626-8381

Free with museum admission

Culture Craft Saturdays

Join us each Saturday for a Culture Craft activity! Presented by Polimana Joshevama from 10–4.

Hands-on Discovery Carts

ASM docents set up discovery carts for visitors to learn hands-on about Southwest Native pottery, basketry, and other traditional arts and crafts. Discovery carts are offered occasionally by “docent choice” Tuesday–Saturday afternoons between 1 and 3, October 15–April 30, and during special museum events. Check at the front desk for more information.

Blue Star Museums logoMemorial Day through Labor Day
Blue Star Museums Appreciation Initiative
We at ASM are proud again to participate in Blue Star Museums'Opens in a new window annual appreciation initiative, offering free admission to Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Gina Stuart-RichardWednesday, September 3, 2014
Coffee with the Curators, 3:00–3:45 p.m., Free, ASM Lobby
Join us for a cup of coffee and a conversation with ASM Registrar Gina Stuart-Richard. Gina will present her research on the methods of Dawes Commissioners from 1897–1907, the policies of the Roosevelt administration, the impacts both had on land allotments to the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole), and how all this shaped the future state of Oklahoma.

Brunella Santarelli working in the conservation labFriday, September 5, 2014
Open House for UA and PCC Students and Faculty , 3:00–5:00 p.m., Free
Students and faculty from related UA and PCC departments will meet museum curators, visit laboratories, enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, and learn about internships and classroom resources. Free food & give-aways.
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WNPA logoTuesday, September 9, 2014
Emil Haury Lecture Series, 7:00 p.m., UA Integrated Learning Center Room 140, Free
ASM Director Emeritus Dr. Raymond H. Thompson will deliver the inaugural address launching this annual series recognizing the life, work, and legacy of Emil W. Haury. The series of three talks includes September 16 (Dr. Barbara Mills) and September 23 (Dr. Carla Van West), same time and location.The UA Integrated Learning Center is located underground at 1500 E. University Blvd. on the east side of campus, near the UA Main Library. See mapOpens in a new window

This annual lecture series is a program of Western National Parks Association with support from Southwestern Foundation, Arizona State Museum, and UA School of Anthropology.

Cliff Palace, Mesa VerdeSeptember 27–October 4, 2014
Four Corners Learning Expedition
Travel with museum archaeologists and explore the culture and beauty of the incomparable Four Corners region for 7 1/2 days. Highlights include the Hopi Mesas, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Monument Valley. Limited group size ensures meaningful interaction and conversation with expert guides. Trip details

Museum Day Live! logoSaturday, September 27, 2014
Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th Annual Museum Day Live!
Free admission for everyone today! Museum Day Live! is an annual event, hosted by Smithsonian Media, in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free.
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pile of booksSaturday, September 27, 2014
ASM Library Benefit Book Sale, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., ASM Lobby
This very popular USED book sale is hosted by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Books start at $2, journals as low as 50¢, huge selections in anthropology with emphasis on U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico; non-academic materials, too! Proceeds benefit the ASM Library. AAHS and ASM members admitted one hour early (at 9 a.m.) for exclusive shopping! Enjoy free admission to the museum today.

Let's Do History logoSaturday, September 27, 2014
Let’s Do History: An Educator Workshop
Spend the day with educators from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH), the Arizona Historical Society (AHS), and the Arizona State Museum (ASM), to find resources for enlivening classroom interaction and strategies for addressing the Common Core, focusing on everyday objects, people-centered stories, and dialogue. Full details and registrationOpens in a new window

Dr. Michael BresciaWednesday, October 1, 2014
Coffee with the Curators, 3:00–3:45 p.m., Free, ASM Lobby
Join us for a cup of coffee and a conversation with ASM Associate Director Dr. Michael Brescia. Michael will discuss some of the ways in which print culture fashioned daily life in colonial Mexico via a few striking (and really cool) additions to the ASM library. Learn how books reflected both the ideals of Spanish colonialism and the routine nature of religious and political authority in light of a multicultural Mexico with limited literacy.

detail of tree ring imageWednesday, October 8, 2014
Tour of the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
An exclusive experience for Friends of the ASM Collections.

Detail of movie poster for Sunday, October 26, 2014
Native Eyes Film Showcase: Honoring the Power of Coming Together, 1:00–6:00 p.m. The Loft Cinema, Loft admission applies

Enjoy the screenings of two films, Q&A sessions, a panel discussion with filmmakers, and a resource fair. The Cherokee Word for Water (2013, 92 minutes, directed by Tim Kelly and Charlie Soap) and LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 (2013, 58 minutes, directed by Julianna Brannum). Check admission fees and specific timing of events at the Loft Cinema website.Opens in a new window

Hallmarks book coverWednesday, November 5, 2014
Coffee with the Curators, 3:00–3:45 p.m., Free, ASM Lobby
Join us for a cup of coffee and informal conversation. Authors Pat Messier and Kim Messier will discuss their newest book, “Reassessing Hallmarks of Native Southwest Jewelry.” Enjoy seeing pieces of jewelry from ASM’s collections and selected pieces from the authors' collection that were highlighted in the book.

November 5, 2014
The Arnold and Doris Roland Distinguished Speaker Series
Speaker, topic, and location details posted soon.

This is a presentation of the annual Arnold and Doris Roland Distinguished Speaker Series, made possible by the generosity of Arnold and Doris Roland.

Detail of Regarding Curtis exhibit imageFriday, November 7, 2014
Regarding Curtis: A Panel Discussion, 6:00 p.m., Free, CESL 103. Reception Follows Presentation.
Moderated by Aleta Ringlero (co-curator of the Curtis Reframed exhibit), this panel discussion of five contemporary Native artists will discuss early American photographer Edward S. Curtis and the myriad issues surrounding the man and his work. Each artist is known for addressing Curtis in his or her work.

Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo) is an award-winning, Phoenix-based filmmaker whose films include the skateboard documentary Ride through Genocide (2005) and contributions to PBS productions Matters of Race (2003) and We Shall Remain (2009).

Bert Benally (Navajo) is a mixed-media artist from Shiprock, AZ. His work has been featured on the Navajo Nation and by the Smithsonian Institution. His most recent installation, Pull of the Moon, is a collaboration with Chinese artist and political firebrand Ai Weiwei.

Aleta Ringlero (Pima, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community) is an accomplished scholar and museum curator working on her Ph.D in art history, with a focus on historical photography of Native people.

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) is a documentary and commercial photographer, former council member and cultural center executive of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. A recent project of hers is a short documentary about Chemehuevi traditional funeral-rite singers titled The Old Woman Mountains.

Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) is a ceramic artist from New Mexico whose work addresses real-life issues of the Native experience on reservations including politics, history, identity, war, and alcoholism. A collection of his work toured Europe in 2006. He is represented by galleries in New York and Santa Fe.

Will Wilson (Navajo) is a fine art photographer, artist in residence at the School of American Research, and head of the photography program at Santa Fe Community College. His Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange project is a direct and ongoing response to the work of Edward Curtis.

Each artist, and others, have contributed a response piece to the work of Edward S. Curtis in ASM’s current exhibit, Regarding Curtis, showing now through March 31, 2015.

This panel discussion and the Regarding Curtis exhibit are presented as complements to our Curtis Reframed exhibit, showing now through July 18, 2015.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Neoglyphix: All Indigenous Aerosol Art Exhibition,
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Free, Front Lawn
Details coming soon!

Will Wilson self portraitSaturday, November 8, 2014
Old Fashioned Tintype Photography and the Modern Artistry of Will Wilson,
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Free, Back Patio
A rare opportunity for all photography enthusiasts! Photographer Will Wilson (Diné) brings his “Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange” (CIPX) project to ASM. Wilson will be using the tintype photographic process, used by Edward S. Curtis early in his career, and will be photographing pre-appointed subjects for inclusion in his multi-year CIPX project—a remarkable and overflowing portfolio of gorgeous portraiture inspired by and in response to Curtis’s life’s work, The North American Indian. Meet Mr. Wilson and hear his take on the ever-compelling, ever-controversial Curtis. See Wilson’s photographic process as he shoots portraits on site, and while doing so, demonstrates and explains the 150+-year-old process of tintype photography, the process of producing a collodion wet plate negative, and transferring the image onto tin (and then digitizing the final result). Wilson is currently head of the photography program at Santa Fe Community College. Learn more about Wilson, his work, his projects, and his motivations at his website.Opens in a new window

This program is presented as a complement to our Curtis Reframed exhibit, showing now through July 18, 2015.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Visit to Gallery West, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
An exclusive experience for Friends of the ASM Collections.

cattle in pole corralSaturday, November 15, 2014
La Frontera from Spanish Outpost to Homeland Security
Spend the day with ASM ethnohistorians, local historians, ranchers, and experts exploring southern Arizona's shared border with Mexico and examining the many issues surrounding life in the area from prehistory to the present day. Itinerary posted soon.

Egyptian bronze statueWednesday, December 3, 2014
Coffee with the Curators, 3:00–3:45 p.m., Free, ASM lobby
Join us for a cup of coffee and conversation with ASM Deputy Director Dr. Irene Romano, who will explain how ancient Egypt came to the Sonoran desert! ASM curates an ancient Egyptian collection of approximately 250 objects, as well as a large pottery typology collection, collected or excavated in Egypt from around the 1880s to the 1930s. Some objects are of unique interest and importance, and many were collected by notable individuals, who are not only part of the story of Egyptology in the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries (George A. Reisner, Francis W. Kelsey, James Henry Breasted, and Colonel Prince Roman Orbeliani) but also of the history of Arizona and UA (Bela Hubbard, Robert Humphrey Forbes, and Harold S. Gladwin).

Hopi Kachina Tradition book coverSaturday, December 13, 2014
Hopi Katsina Tradition,
a talk by Alph Secakuku, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Free
This program is brought to you by Friends of the ASM Collections.

Nancy Blomberg Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The Arnold and Doris Roland Distinguished Speaker Series, featuring Nancy Blomberg, chief curator and curator of native arts, Denver Art Museum.

This is a presentation of the annual Arnold and Doris Roland Distinguished Speaker Series, made possible by the generosity of Arnold and Doris Roland. Lecture and reception hosted by Friends of the ASM Collections.

SWIAF Award RibbonsFriday, March 27, 2015
Southwest Indian Art Fair’s Juried Competition Awards Reception, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Exclusively for ASM members, SWIAF artists, and SWIAF sponsors. Marvel at the award-winning pieces, view the entire slate of the competition’s entrants, meet the artists. Not a member? Join today by phoning 520-626-8381.
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detail of a textile by Barbara Teller-OrnelasMarch 28 & 29, 2015

Southwest Indian Art Fair, Saturday 10–5, Sunday 10–4, $10 adult admission / $7 ASM members
Southern Arizona’s premier Indian art show and market is on Arizona State Museum’s front lawn, rain or shine. Shop a wide array of top-quality, handmade art as you meet 200 Native artists from around the region all selling directly to you. Talk with them about their work and learn about their ancient cultures. Choose from pottery, katsina dolls, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs, blankets, and much more. Bring the whole family to enjoy artist demonstrations, lively music, colorful dance performances, and creative fashion. ASM members admitted one hour early on Saturday (at 9:00 a.m.) for early-bird shopping! Not a member? Join today!

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