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Boy's Shirt

Boy's Shirt, ca. 1870, Crow, Montana, hide, glass beads, cotton fabric, wool cloth, sinew, cotton thread, 21 5/16 x 31 1/2 x 5/8 in., The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Indigenous Beauty

Feb 12 – May 17 2015

Seattle Art Museum

Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries

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This spring, Seattle has the opportunity to see some of the most stunning works of American Indian art ever made.

Marvel at nearly 2,000 years of amazing skill and invention. Linger over drawings, sculptures, baskets, beaded regalia, and masks.

The immense variety of Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection reflects the diversity of Native cultures. This superb exhibition offers more than great works of art and cultural artifacts—it is an invitation to explore other worlds.

Deeply engaged with cultural traditions and the land, indigenous artists over the centuries have used art to represent and preserve their ways of life. Even during the 19th and 20th centuries, when drastic changes were brought by colonization, artists brilliantly adapted their talents and used the new materials available to them to marvelous effect.

The works in Indigenous Beauty will inspire wonder, curiosity, and delight. Come experience the vast beauty of indigenous art from all across North America.

The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts. Guest curator is David Penney and local curator is Barbara Brotherton, Curator of Native American Art at the Seattle Art Museum.


​The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor, the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald Cox.
American Federation of Arts​​

The Seattle presentation is made possible through the support of these funders
American Federation of Arts​​ ​​

Generous Support
ArtsFund/Guendolen Carkeek Plestcheeff
   Fund for the Decorative and Design Arts
The MacRae Foundation
Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS)​

Corporate Sponsor
Perkins Coie LLP​​​​​