Thaw Collection

The Thaw Collection: Masterpieces of American Indian Art March 7, 2010 - February 12, 2012

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York traveling exhibition entitled The Thaw Collection: Masterpieces of American Indian Art is currently scheduled to travel to three cities, bringing to light rarely seen treasures from the extensive holdings of The Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The collection is widely recognized as one of the most important assemblages of this type in the world. The New York Times described it as “a collection any museum in the world should envy.”

The Thaw Collection: Masterpieces of American Indian Art is scheduled to travel to the following locations with more venues to be announced.

* The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (Mar. 7, 2010 - May 30, 2010)
* Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (Oct. 24, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011)
* Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN (Dec. 4, 2011 – Feb. 12, 2012)

The exhibition explores the extraordinarily diverse forms of visual expression in American Indian heritage. Organized by geographic culture areas, the objects were chosen both for their high artistic quality and to provide insight into the complex cultural, aesthetic and spiritual meanings embedded in the art. The objects date from well before first European contact to the present, and celebrate the continuing vitality of American Indian art.

“The collection has long been recognized as a national treasure. This traveling exhibition gives us the opportunity to finally share these significant works with a much larger, national audience,” said Paul D’Ambrosio, Vice President and Chief Curator at the Fenimore Art Museum.
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One important feature of the exhibit in Cleveland only is a basket by Louisa Keyser (Dat So La Lee), Washoe – A national treasure made by one of the most legendary basket-makers in North America.

A 120 page, full color catalog will accompany the exhibition.
Art of the North American Indians: The Thaw Collection

This exhibition has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

Edward S. Curtis and Zig Jackson photography exhibition ~ To expand upon "Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection", Cleveland Museum of Art will host a special photography exhibition in the museum’s East Wing drawing upon their complete set (20 bound volumes and 20 accompanying portfolios) of Edward S. Curtis’s landmark publication, The North American Indian, containing more than 2,200 photogravures. Two-thirds of the photography galleries will be devoted to the work of Edward S. Curtis featuring 30 of his large scale photogravures. The remainder will house the work of a contemporary Native American photographer, Zig Jackson, with 15 images from his series, Tribal Peoples. The exhibition will be on view from February 7 – May 30, 2010.

For more information about upcoming basketry events visit BasketMakers.com.

1 comment:

  1. If you're interested in more info about this exhibtion, you can follow the Fenimore Art Museum on Twitter (fenimoreart) or fan our facebook page. We're very excited about this show!


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