Art museum adds Native American art

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) is adding three recent acquisitions to its planned exhibition, Expanded Views II: Native American Art in Focus. The free exhibition in Gallery 29A will now open Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, and run through Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.

“The Museum is very fortunate to add to its growing collection of Native American art, which allows us to display it as a fundamental area of a reimagined American art history,” said Director of Curatorial Affairs Halona Norton-Westbrook. “To prepare the gallery for these recent acquisitions and the loans from other institutions, the opening of the exhibition is moving from Nov. 9 to Dec. 5. We are also extending the closing date by a month so visitors will have the same opportunity to see the exhibition.”

The new acquisitions include Beauty in Dreams (2019), a beaded bag by Ken Williams, Jr. (Arapaho/Seneca); San Ildefonso Polychrome Storage Jar (c. 1902-1910), Native clay, pigment attributed to Martina Vigil and Florentino Montoya (San Ildefonso), and Swept Away (2016), a handwoven basket by Shan Goshorn (American, Eastern Band Cherokee).

Other highlights of this new installation 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.

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