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New Basketry Exhibit Celebrates the Ancient and Abiding
Traditions of the Southwest
Arizona State Museum (ASM) will be opening a new permanent exhibit featuring its extensive collection of basketry and fiber art. Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry and Fiber Art opens to the public on April 8, 2017.
Fiber weaving is perhaps the oldest craft on earth. In the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, indigenous artisans have been making cordage, containers, mats, sandals, and other needs of daily life for millennia.
Requiring great skill and patience, and imbued with cultural significance, basketry and fiber art are a source of pride for weavers and their communities and are endlessly fascinating to non-Native collectors, researchers, and art lovers.
ASM’s new permanent exhibit will celebrate the region’s ancient and abiding Native traditions, featuring millennia-old objects, basketry from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and modern-day masterpieces -- all examples of cultural resilience and artistic survival. Contemporary Native voices will enrich the exhibit’s discussions of materials, technologies, and traditions, and bring to life the many functions basketry has served and continues to serve.
The exhibit will also introduce some of the early 20th century Arizonans whose personal collections became the foundation of ASM’s unparalleled assemblage of more than 35,000 specimens.
Two Public Celebrations Planned
A gala celebration for Woven Through Time, dubbed The Basket Ball, will take place Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Marriott University Park Hotel from 5:00–10:00 p.m. Contact 520-626- 3466 for a ticket. $150 per person. Tables sponsorships are available starting at $1500. The gala evening features an exhibit preview, a silent auction, dinner, and dancing.
A FREE public opening celebration for Woven Through Time will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Arizona State Museum from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The day of fun features exhibit touring with curators, Native basket weavers showing and selling their work, hands-on basket-weaving activities for every member of the family, and music and dance performances. All are welcome.
About the Arizona State Museum
Established by the Arizona territorial legislature in 1893, ASM is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region, is the nation’s largest and busiest state-run archaeological curation facility, and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. ASM cares for some of the world’s most significant collections representing the peoples of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico from 13,000 years ago to the present.
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