Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection


The Fenimore Art Museum is pleased to travel Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection which shares objects from the extensive holdings of The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art with a national audience.  The collection is widely recognized as one of the most important assemblages in the world and The New York Times described it as “a collection any museum in the world should envy.”

Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection will travel to the following locations with more venues to be announced.

* The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (Mar. 7, 2010 - May 30, 2010)
* Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (Oct. 24, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011)
* Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (April 24, 2011 – Sept. 4, 2011)
* Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN (Dec. 2, 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.

A 120 page, full color catalog accompanies the exhibition. Click here to order.

We created a printed Family Discussion Guide to show kids visiting the exhibition how to hunt for details and learn fun facts about the collection.  You can download a guide before your visit here or pick up one when you visit 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.