This exhibition highlights 38 masterworks from the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. It features landmark creations in a range of media by gifted artists across North America—from the Arctic to the Southwest and the Eastern Woodlands to the Pacific Northwest—and encompasses close to 1,200 years of artistic tradition and innovation.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether you go or not, Art of the North American Indians: The Thaw Collection documents the Thaw Collection, one of the world's most important collections of American Indian art, from the Fenimore Art Museum, New York State Historical Association. Objects date from 500 B.C. to the present day, and give an effective and comprehensive overview of the highest artistic levels of American Indian culture throughout North America. he book includes general introductions for each of the eight culture areas--Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, California, Great Basin, Northwest Coast, Northern Athapaskan, and Arctic--as well as 34 regional sections. Superb color photographs by John Bigelow Taylor of 260 objects are accompanied by detailed discussions, and 510 black-and-white photographs of the remaining objects are interspersed throughout the text. The majority of works are from the historic period, but both ancient and contemporary pieces are also included.
Art of the North American Indians: The Thaw Collection