Spirit of the Basket | Object Lessons

“Spirit of the Basket”
opens the 2011 fall exhibition season at Sacramento State University’s Library Gallery.

Running Sept. 1-Nov. 19, the free exhibit features examples of American Indian basket making from throughout North America. Many of the pieces are from the State Parks Collection and previously resided in the De Young Museum in the 1920s and '30s.

A corollary exhibit, “Object Lessons: The Basket Collections of Joel Sheldon Cotton and Anthony G. Zallio,” will be held in the Library Gallery Annex, Sept. 1-30. Curator Terri Castaneda, a Sacramento State anthropology professor and museum director, says the exhibit treats the basket collections as biographical and cultural “texts” about American society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A reception for both shows will be held 5-8 p.m. on California’s Native American Day, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. The University Library Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10a.m. to 5p.m. Admission is free. Visitor information.

Much more about the two exhibits can be found in this post by Kaitlin Bruce.

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