Exhibition | Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is pleased to announce a new exhibition in collaboration with the National Basketry Organization and The Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri–Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, from August 22 through November 12, 2017.

Ninety-three objects provide a historical overview of American basketry from its origins in native American, immigrant, and slave communities to it presence within the contemporary fine art world. Historical baskets were rooted in local landscapes and shaped by cultural traditions. The rise of the industrial revolution and mass production at the end of the nineteenth century led basket makers to create works for new audiences and markets, including tourists, collectors and fine art museums. Today the tory continues. Some contemporary artists seek to maintain and revive traditions practiced for centuries. Others combine age-old techniques with nontraditional materials to generate cultural commentary. Still others challenge viewers’ expectations by experimenting with form, materials, and scale.


According to co-curators Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain, “Baskets convey meaning through the artists’ selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ. This exhibition will feel both familiar and alien to visitors. Some objects are very utilitarian while others defy every idea you might have about what a basket could be.”

Ed Rossbach, Mickey Mouse Coil Bakset, 1975

Leona Waddell, White Oak Egg Basket, 2004

Lanny Bergner, Celestial Vessel #7, 2013

Yakuts Weddings Basket, 1890

José Formoso Reyes, Nantucket Friendship Purse, 1961

Gullah Lunch Basket, 1970

Gyöngy Laky, Traverser, 2016

Leon Niegues, Bentwood Sphere, 2015

Pat Courtney Gold, Yuppie Indian Couple, 2003

Katherine Lewis, Rope Coil, 2016

Marilyn Moore, Balance, 2014

Shan Goshorn, They Were Called Kings (set of 3), 2013

Natalie Meiback, The Halloween Grace, 2015

Dawn Nichols Walden, Ties That Bind, 2010

Kate Anderson, Lichtenstein Teapot/Girl with Ribbons, 2005

Dorothy McGuinness, Satellite, 2012

Leah Danberg, Cock-a-doodle-doo, 2013

Carol Eckert, According to Isidore, 2015

Christine Joy, Wave, 2013

Lisa Telford, Evening Out, 2007

Exhibition generously sponsored by

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