As in building churches in Europe the community spirit gives rise to transcendent beauty in Native American artifacts of the level collected by Valerie and Charles Diker, who in a long enduring marriage of like minds have partnered in seeking out the very finest examples (“we told dealers that we wanted to see only tens”) over 55 years of Native Indian woven bowls, buffalo skin costumes, blankets and other woven and carved gear that may be nearly two centuries old yet miraculously preserved from a mobile wigwam and outdoor culture that was in fact sufficiently peaceful to give rise to the finest hand craft with the colors still vivid and glowing in decorative motifs of the highest aesthetic order.
Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection
October 28, 2016–March 19, 2017
Exhibition location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 359, The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing
Press Preview: Thursday, October 27, 10 am–noon
A selection of exceptional Native American works of art from New York’s Charles and Valerie Diker Collection—one of the most outstanding and comprehensive private collections of its kind—will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning October 28. With artworks ranging in date from the second to the early 20th century, Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection will explore important achievements by artists relating to culturally distinct traditions from across the North American continent. The works of art—carefully selected by the collectors and Met curators—reflect the unique and innovative visions from these traditions in a wide variety of aesthetic forms and media. Their presentation at the Met this season celebrates the conclusion of their national tour as part of the exhibition Indigenous Beauty, organized by the American Federation of the Arts, and the return of the Diker Collection to New York City.