UTICA — Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute debuts its Native American art showcase, "American Indian Art from Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection," this weekend.
Opening Saturday and on display through Dec. 30, the exhibit is a tribute to North America’s first artists.
The showcase demonstrates the traditions of North America’s native people, dating from the first millennium to the 20th century, according to a news release. With more than 35 featured pieces, the art uses various media forms, including painting, sculpture, drawing, basketry, textiles and ceramics.
For the native people, the art symbolizes the rituals of gathering the material, the usefulness and construction behind it and the importance of an object and how frequently it appears in rituals and traditions, according to the release. Through the utilization of these everyday objects, the native people were able to create meaningful and moving art that depicts aspects of their lives, according to the release.
The showcase, from the collection of Native North American art, assembled by Eugene and Clare Thaw, the leading dealer and collector of Old Master drawings and paintings, will be the first appearance of this art form in the Utica area. The collection is composed of more than 875 objects and the choicest of these will be on view during the exhibition, according to the release.