Beauty Speaks For Us: Take a look inside the Heard Museum's new gallery, exhibition

Posted at 12:00 PM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 14:00:42-05

For the first time in more than a decade, the Heard Museum has a new gallery to show off.

The 7,000-square-foot gallery will allow the museum to showcase more American Indian artworks and artifacts and bring in more exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions, something the museum was limited in.

The first show for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery is called "Beauty Speaks For Us" and opens to the public on Friday.

It features more than 200 pieces of jewelry, paintings, pottery and tapestry spanning four centuries and more than 60 artists, said David Roche, director of the Heard Museum.

ABC15 was given an inside look at the gallery earlier in the week.

"It is truly a feast for the eyes. There is much to see. There are four centuries of American Indian art represented in this exhibition," he said. "Many of the things that are in the exhibition are being made available for public view for the first time ever and some of the things from the Heard Collection for example just haven't been shown in decades."

The oldest piece in the gallery is a pot that dates back to the 1750s, said Roche.

The show will be on display through April.

Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85004