Exhibitions/ American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection

American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection

At The Met Fifth Avenue
May 9–October 8, 2017
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Catalogue

This newly updated edition features more than 830 color images of one of the world's most important collections of American Indian art.

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Exhibition Overview

This exhibition highlights 38 masterworks from the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. It features landmark creations in a range of media by gifted artists across North America—from the Arctic to the Southwest and the Eastern Woodlands to the Pacific Northwest—and encompasses close to 1,200 years of artistic tradition and innovation.


"Stunning ... Everything is a high point." —New York Times


The exhibition is made possible in part by the Friends of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

It is organized by the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Exhibition Objects




Potlatch figure (Man holding a copper) (detail), ca. 1880–95. Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl), northwest Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Red cedar, paint, nails, 50 x 13.5 x 15 in. Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York