It’s First Digital Exhibition
Text and Images Courtesy of Heard Museum

Heard Museum’s digital exhibition, physical/digital:
representations of the body from the permanent
collection, is taking place in a virtual environment.

Above: Paula Rasmus Dede, Pedaling My Inner Child, Tricycle, glass beads, plastic, fabric, 26 x 21 x 33 in, 2008. Gift of the Artist. Image by Craig Smith for Heard Museum.

During this time of remoteness, social distancing and isolation, our corporeal relationship to the world, and to one another, is much altered. This exhibition seeks to look at the ways in which artists from the 20th and 21st centuries have approached representation of the body over the past 50 years, addressing and redressing the corporeal self in landscapes and spaces that ask us to question how we engage with and fit into those spaces in person and in the digital realm.

Above, top left: Emmi Whitehorse, The Ruling HandOil, chalk, and paper on canvas, 37 3/4 x 50 1/4 in, 1988. Gift of Harriet and Maurice Gregg. Image by Craig Smith for Heard. Museum. Top right: Steven J. Yazzie, Gazer, Oil on canvas, 47 x 59 1/4 in, 2014, Image by Craig Smith for Heard Museum. Bottom: Will Wilson, Auto Immune Response No. 1Inkjet print, 43 1/2 x 114 1/2, 2004. Gift of Lila Harnett, Image courtesy of the artist.


Works included in the exhibition depict the human form, as well as animal forms, inanimate objects that reference the body, and objects used to move the body. These works ask us to consider how we engage through remote modalities, looking at movement, transmotion and sovereignty through the expression of form. Through sculpture, found objects, painting, mixed media and photography, digital/physical seeks to create broader access to the fine-art holdings of the museum to diverse communities locally, nationally and internationally.
Above: Harry Fonseca, Fire, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 70 in, 1988. Image by Craig Smith for Heard Museum. Left: Fritz Scholder, Indian Dying in NebraskaAcrylic on canvas, 80 x 70 in, 1972. Image by Craig Smith for Heard Museum.


Participating artists include T.C. Cannon, Harry Fonseca, Bob Haozous, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Courtney M. Leonard, Cara Romero, Paula Rasus Dede, Fritz Scholder, Emmi Whitehorse, Will Wilson, and Steven J. Yazzie.

To view the entire exhibition, visit www.heard.org