Chandler Museum Exhibits

The Chandler Museum exhibit hall features 6-8 exhibitions each year. The schedule includes a combination of in-house produced exhibits exploring Chandler history topics and nationally traveling exhibits showcasing culture, history and art.

 

Frank Fujii Butte Camp 188

Gaman: Enduring Japanese American Internment at Gila River

December 8, 2018- April 18, 2020

During World War II over 16,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from the west coast to Gila River Internment Camp, near Chandler, simply because they looked like the enemy. This poignant exhibit demonstrates how the Japanese value gaman, enduring the seemingly impossible with patience and dignity, guided these American citizens, through loss and incarceration in the Arizona desert.  See the photos, hear the stories, read the names of incarcerees, and view the community contributed paper cranes in this transformative exhibition. 

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Oblique Views: Southwest Aerial Landscapes by Charles and Anne Lindbergh and Adriel Heisey

Oblique Views: Southwest Aerial Landscapes by Charles and Anne Lindbergh and Adriel Heisey

April 9- July 6, 2019
How have humans impacted landscapes over the last century? During 2007 and 2008, flying at alarmingly low altitudes and slow speeds, Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane, and holding his camera with both hands, re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most significant archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne photographed in 1929. Oblique Views pairs large-scale then-and-now photographs that reveal the layers of civilization of the American Southwest—Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and ultimately Euro-American colonization and settlement—from a vantage point few of us will ever experience.

This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/ Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM and circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.

 

Autumn Rose: Tuned In, 2018, acrylic on canvas
Autumn Rose: Tuned In, 2018, acrylic on canvas

Inspired by History: A Collaborative Exhibit with the Vision Gallery

July 30- October 12, 2019

Our everyday objects may not be so ordinary when seen through the eyes of an artist. Using abstraction, manipulation and interpretation, local emerging and mid-career artists created works in response to objects from the Chandler Museum artifact collection. The exhibit considers memory, continuity and change over time through artworks that explore the connections between people and objects. 

This is a collaborative exhibition with City of Chandler’s Vision Gallery. 

 

 

Blue/white print, 1940s, cloth, 36 x 36, private collection. Photo: E.G. Schempf
Blue/white print, 1940s, cloth, 36 x 36, private collection. Photo: E.G. Schempf

Apron Strings: Ties to the Past

November 12, 2019- January 5, 2020

Only one garment invokes both outrage and nostalgia:  the apron. Apron Strings:  Ties to the Past is an exhibition that explores the apron’s role over the past century, from practical purposes through the June Cleaver era and their abandonment in feminist culture.  Explore fifty-five aprons dating from the late 1930s through the present and discover the stories behind them.  

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.