Circles of Life

Circles of Life: Katsina Imagery in Hopi Basketry is ongoing until July 3, 2009 at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, AZ.

This traveling exhibition featuring katsina imagery on Hopi basketry, curated by Andrew and Judith Finger, is from the Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House in Ukiah, CA. It includes historic pieces from the Finger collection as well as contemporary examples from the John Selmer and Barbara Goldeen collection. While at Arizona State Museum, it will be augmented by the museum's own collections of Hopi baskets, pottery, and kachina dolls.

Historic pieces and the work of eight contemporary weavers demonstrate the continuing vitality of this art form. Enjoy an historic overview of the Hopi basket-making traditions, techniques and types, and learn how to "read" and identify distinguishing katsina iconography.

An exhibit catalog is available.

Saturday, April 4, 2009 a Care of Baskets Lecture and Workshop has been scheduled to complement the Circles of Life exhibition currently on view at ASM. Museum conservators will share information on how to care for, store, and display baskets in your own collection in two-part program: (1) a free illustrated lecture at 11:00 am will discuss how different plant materials and technologies impact the durability and care of basketry (limited to 40); (2) a 1:00 pm hands-on workshop will expand on the information in the lecture and demonstrate the methods used by museums to clean basketry surfaces, support them while on display, and provide protection during in storage ($20/person, limited to 20). Attendees are encouraged to bring a basket from their personal collection. Registration required for both parts of the program.

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