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For the First Time, Metropolitan Museum Will Display Indigenous Art in Its American Wing – Hyperallergic With a major promised gift of 91 works of Native American art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will now include indigenous art in its galleries on American art.

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a promised gift of 91 Native American artworks from collectors Charles and Valerie Diker. The donation succeeds 20 objects the Dikers have given to the museum over the past two decades. Significantly, the museum states that the art will be displayed in the American Wing, as previously indigenous works from the United States were sequestered in the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas galleries.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, The MET, New York Museum, Native American Art, Native American History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNJoseph No Two Horns, (He Nupa Wanica), shield (Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota, 1885), | Dirk Bakker

Metropolitan Museum of Art, The MET, New York Museum, Native American Art, Native American History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNUnrecorded Arapaho artist, attributed to “Henderson Ledger Artist A,” also known as Horseback, “A Medicine Vision” (Arapaho, Oklahoma, 1880), pencil, colored pencil, and ink on paper | Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, The MET, New York Museum, Native American Art, Native American History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNUnrecorded Yup’ik artist, dance mask (Yup’ik, Alaska, 1900), wood, pigment, vegetal fiber | Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, The MET, New York Museum, Native American Art, Native American History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNUnrecorded Tlingit artist, dagger (Tlingit, Alaska, 1750) | Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art


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