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The Art of Native American Basketry

A Living Tradition

Mission Indian basket, probably Luiseño, coiled of sumac, natural juncus, and black-dyed juncus on a deergrass bundle foundation, late 19th to early 20th century. Collected by Miss Margaret A. Feeney

GENERAL INFO / BACKGROUND

Location/Dates:

The Autry in Griffith Park
November 6, 2009 - May 6, 2012

The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition is a comprehensive exhibition presented by the Autry National Center in its Showcase Gallery. Baskets from more than 100 cultures, arranged in eleven geographic regions, are revealed in this selection of artworks from the world's largest collection of Native American baskets.

More than 250 objects are on view, ranging in size from small Pomo feather baskets made for sale to tourists, to massive Apache olla baskets used for storing large quantities of seeds. Because the works shown have been selected from a remarkably wide-ranging and distinguished collection, visitors are able to see how the materials, techniques, and designs of the baskets vary from region to region, reflecting different physical environments and traditions. Also evident are the distinctive styles of individual artists, whose signatures can be instantly recognizable to other weavers. The Autry invited thirteen contemporary basketweavers to serve as consultants in the exhibition's research and planning and purchased a basket from each consultant to add to the permanent collection.

The Art of Native American Basketry is drawn from the nearly 14,000 baskets in the Autry's Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, considered to be one of the premier holdings of its kind in the world. The exhibition is presented at the Autry in Griffith Park.

More than 250 objects will be on view, ranging in size from small Pomo feather baskets made for sale to tourists, to massive Apache olla baskets used for storing large quantities of seeds. Because the works shown have been selected from a remarkably wide-ranging and distinguished collection, visitors will be able to see how the materials, techniques, and designs of the baskets vary from region to region, reflecting different physical environments and traditions. Also evident will be the distinctive styles of individual artists, whose signatures can be instantly recognizable to other weavers. The Autry invited thirteen contemporary basketweavers to serve as consultants in research and planning and purchased a basket from each consultant to add to the permanent collection.

The Art of Native American Basketry is drawn from the nearly 14,000 baskets in the Autry's Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, considered to be one of the premier holdings of its kind in the world. The exhibition is presented at the Autry in Griffith Park.


Videos highlighting four basketmakers in the exhibition were produced by the Autry National Center for The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition.

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