Toledo Museum of Art to Open New Native American Art Exhibition

Eye On Art  |  09/30/2019 9:00 am

Building upon the success established during the inaugural display last year, Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus, Part II, continues its intention of positioning Native American art as a fundamental area of a reimagined American art history. The free exhibition in Gallery 29A opens Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.

“TMA’s commitment to Native American art, both historical and contemporary, has been firmly established and continues to grow,” said Director of Curatorial Affairs Halona Norton-Westbrook. “There is much more to share in different mediums and different types of objects and that is what is showcased here in Expanded Views, Part II.”

Highlights of this new installation, which will be on display for nearly a year, will include a rotating selection of Navajo textile masterworks, on special loan from the Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“These works have been selected for their incredible beauty, exquisite craftsmanship, and ability to powerfully demonstrate the importance of Navajo textiles as a significant art tradition that warrants inclusion in a broadened understanding of what constitutes American art,” said Norton-Westbrook. “Navajo textiles are rarely seen so this is a unique opportunity for the public to view them.”

Other highlights include a woven basket, a beaded bag, and pottery as well of several works of art from the previous installation, including a large-scale work by artist James Lavadour.

Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus, Part II is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Admission to the exhibition is free.