Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection seen by thousands - next stop Minneapolis!

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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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The Fenimore Art Museum's new traveling exhibition goes to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (Oct. 24, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (05.25.2010)— Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection, the Cooperstown, NY-based Fenimore Art Museum's newest traveling exhibition, was viewed by large numbers of visitors from the Northeast Ohio region at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it is currently on view through May 30, 2010, and will travel next to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN October 24, 2010 - January 9, 2011.  

On track to be one of the most highly attended free exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art in recent years, the exhibition was supported with exciting educational programming for all ages.  According to Susan Bergh, associate curator for art of the ancient Americas, "Clevelanders have responded enthusiastically to the exhibition.  Its diversity and beauty took them by surprise and, according to our surveys, it prompted many to re-think American Indian art in a very positive way.  The show gave us a chance to involve Native Americans in programming -- films, lectures, tours, art demonstrations, and performance -- and those events have been wildly popular.  We were very pleased to be the opening venue for the national tour."

This major exhibition, currently traveling to three cities, brings treasures from the extensive holdings of The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art to a national audience.  The collection is widely recognized as one of the most important assemblages of this type in the world with The New York Times designating it as, "a collection any museum in the world should envy."

Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection is traveling to the following locations with more venues scheduled to be announced.

* Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (Oct. 24, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011)
* Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN (Dec. 4, 2011 - Feb. 12, 2012)

The exhibition explores the extraordinarily diverse forms of visual expression in American Indian heritage. Organized by geographic culture areas, the objects were chosen both for their high artistic quality and to provide insight into the complex cultural, aesthetic and spiritual meanings embedded in the art. The objects date from well before first European contact to the present, and celebrate the continuing vitality of American Indian art.

"The collection has long been recognized as a national treasure.  This traveling exhibition gives us the opportunity to finally share these significant works with a much larger, national audience," said Paul D'Ambrosio, Vice President and Chief Curator at the Fenimore Art Museum.

A 120 page, full color catalog accompanies the exhibition.

This exhibition has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.


Press Release Category: 
Exhibition Press Releases
Publication Date: 
May 2010