Native Art Market Brings Emerging and Critically Acclaimed Artists to New York
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York brings back its annual Native Art Market Dec. 1–2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. More than 30 artists will offer authentic, hand-crafted works of art, including jewelry, fashion, photography and pottery in the museum’s first-floor Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures.
The weekend-long market includes offerings from some of the top Native artists working today in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Among this year’s selected artists are:
- Fashion designer Dorothy Grant (Haida), whose Northwest Coast designs have been worn on the red carpet and are featured in 13 museum collections across Canada, United States and the United Kingdom
- Artists from the Northeast region of the United States, such as wampum jewelry artist Elizabeth James Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag), and Ann Mitchell (St. Regis Mohawk), who makes colorful baskets made of black ash bark and sweetgrass
- Jeweler Jonathan McKinney (Acoma Pueblo), who combines his Celtic and Acoma heritages in his designs; before starting his own company, he designed pieces for the Parisian jewelry company Van Cleef & Arpels
- Silversmith Lyle Secatero (Navajo), who was named “Who To Know Right Now” in 2018 by Indian Market magazine
A full list of vendors is at https://americanindian.si.edu/artmarket.
The museum will host a members’ preview Friday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. Members of the museum will have the first chance to meet this year’s artists and shop before the market opens to the public. No tickets required; admission is free. People may sign up for membership at the event.
The Museum Store, which was renovated and expanded in early 2018, will also be open. The store offers stuffed animals and charms to delight younger gift recipients; novels, poetry and historical accounts for book lovers; cookbooks, Native snacks and ingredients for the adventurous gourmand; and a wide selection of jewelry, art and apparel for fashionistas.
The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present and future—through partnership with Native people and others. The museum’s George Gustav Heye Center is located at One Bowling Green in New York City. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit AmericanIndian.SI.edu. Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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