A traveling exhibition of American Indian arts is visiting the Amon Carter Museum of American Art over the summer. “Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art From the Diker Collection” will be on display from July 7 through Sept. 13.
The remarkable holdings of New York-based collectors Charles and Valerie Diker previously have been exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The exhibition of about 120 objects celebrates native North American artists whose creativity and technical mastery have helped preserve the various cultures for generations. The works are organized in 11 sections grouped by geographic and cultural factors that include sculptures of the Northwest Coast; ivories from the Bering Strait; masks from the western Arctic; kachina dolls of the Southwest; pottery from the Southwest; sculptural objects from the Eastern Woodlands; Eastern regalia; Plains regalia; pictographic arts of the Plains; and Western baskets.
The Carter has never had an exhibition of this kind. In the early years of the museum, there was a show of Alaskan materials and, in 1965, the Carter mounted an exhibition of prehistoric objects used by native peoples in North America. It was based on meager historic artifacts and not, as the current one is, on aesthetic concerns.
This exhibit, long overdue, dovetails with the museum’s mission. “In building on our legacy, we are embracing all of American creativity,” says Carter director Andrew Walker. He says this exhibition will remind visitors that there is not just one North American Indian culture but hundreds of unique groups whose languages, mythologies and customs have evolved over the centuries.
Do not let the renovations to the building’s facade deter your visit; the work will continue through most of the summer. While that is underway, the Carter’s parking lot is closed, but there is parking available in the Lancaster lot adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center and in the parking garage next to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian
Art From the Diker Collection
July 7-Sept. 13
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.