This choice selection of exceptional Native American works of art is drawn entirely from New York's Charles and Valerie Diker Collection—one of the most outstanding and comprehensive private collections of its kind. With artworks ranging in date from the second to the early twentieth century, Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection celebrates the achievements of artists from culturally distinct indigenous traditions across the North American continent.
The works featured reflect their unique and innovative visions in an expansive array of aesthetic forms and media. Their presentation at The Met this season celebrates the collection's return to New York City at the conclusion of its national tour as part of the exhibition Indigenous Beauty organized by the American Federation of Arts.
The exhibition is made possible in part by the Estate of Brooke Astor.
Unrecorded Yup'ik Artist. Dance mask, ca. 1916–18. Hooper Bay, Alaska. Wood, pigment, vegetal fiber. Collection of Charles and Valerie Diker (788) © Charles and Valerie Diker Collection. Photo by Dirk Bakker