This Path We Travel: Celebrations of Contemporary Native American Creativity at the National Museum of the American Indian, New York.
October 30, 1994July 30, 1995
The ponderous Beaux-Arts Custom House on Bowling Green in lower Manhattan, designed by Cass Gilbert and opened in 1907, must seem to some prospective visitors an incongruous setting, given its Parisian stylistic provenance, for the National Museum of the American Indian, a subsidiary of the Smithsonian Institution.
Once inside, however, visitors to the new museum will find the contrast between foreign architecture and indigenous artifacts less striking. Most of the Indian works on display are patently post-Columbian, dating from the nineteenth, and particularly the late nineteenth and twentieth century. Consequently, many of the materials used in fabricating or decorating these works, which include ceremonial blankets, moccasins, pouches,...