American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection

March 6–April 26, 2020

Club, ca. 1800-1830, Coast Tsimshian, northern British Columbia mainland and islands, caribou or elk antler, L: 16 ½ x W: 5" x D: 1 in.  Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection, T0171. Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor, NYC.

The aesthetic traditions of North America’s native peoples are represented through sculptures, paintings, drawings, basketry, textiles, ceramics and other media. The 40 works on view provide insight into the artistry of these spiritual and utilitarian objects.

Featured in this exhibition is a mid-13th century Busycon conch shell gorget elegantly carved by a Caddoan sculptor. Also on view, is a late-19th century war record painted on animal hide by two Lakota artists, and a split buffalo horn Blackfeet headdress embellished with ermine fur, porcupine quills, glass beads, silk ribbon, cotton binding, and other fibers.

American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection is made possible through the generosity of the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust. Organized by the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York.

Annapolis Subaru is proud to sponsor American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection.

Additional support is provided by Melvin and Judy Bender, Deborah Bowerman Coons and Jana Bowerman Sample, and Joy Chambers and Peter Bungay.

Also Featured in the American Indian Art Exhibition

Mask, Ca. 1850, Central Yup’ik, Bristol Bay, Alaska, cedar wood & bark, duck feathers, snowy owl feathers, sandhill crane feathers, caribou fur, white clay & black pigment, H: 21.5 x W: 30 x D: 4.5 in., Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection, T0600. Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor, NYC.
Gorget, ca. 1200-1350, probably Caddoan, Spiro area, Oklahoma, whelk shell, H: 4 W: 4 ¼ x D: ¾ in.  Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection, T0001. Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor, NYC.
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Comb, ca. 1670-1687, Seneca (Haudenosaunee), Boughton Hill site, Victor, New York, moose or elk antler, H: 4 ¼ x W: 2 7/8 in. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection, T0024. Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor, NYC.