Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection

Exhibition Website

Oct 4 2018 -

This landmark exhibition in the Museum's American Wing will showcase 116 masterworks representing the achievements of artists from more than forty distinct indigenous traditions across North America. 

Ranging in date from the second to the early twentieth century, the diverse works are promised gifts, donations, and loans to The Met from the pioneering collectors Charles and Valerie Diker. Long considered to be the most significant holdings of historical Native American art in private hands, the Diker Collection has particular strengths in sculpture from British Columbia and Alaska, California baskets, pottery from southwestern pueblos, Plains drawings and regalia, and rare accessories from the eastern Woodlands.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Woman's hood, ca. 1865; James Bay Cree. Quebec, Canada. Wool cloth, glass beads, and silk thread, 26 3/4 × 10 in. (67.9 × 25.4 cm) Loan from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection

Whether or not you go, the exhibition catalog, Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, features works that span centuries, from the period prior to contact with European settlers through the early 20th century, representing the extensive artistic achievements of culturally distinct indigenous peoples. Both known and unrecorded makers’ innovative visions are manifest in a wide variety of aesthetic forms and media—from painting, sculpture, and drawing to costume, ceramics, and baskets. Challenging traditional presentations of American Indian art, this publication situates and analyzes them alongside other North American artistic practices. This lavish publication presents Native American art within the broader context of American art history, through an examination of notable works from a major private collection. The insightful texts provide a new evaluation of the art, culture, and daily life of numerous North American tribes, including Acoma, Apache, Cheyenne, Creek, Crow, Hopi-Twea, Kiowa, Lakota, Pomo, Seneca, Seminole, Tlingit, and Zuni, among others.

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