Basket Mania: Collecting Native American Basketry in the Late Victorian Era

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Date(s) - June 7, 2017 - July 22, 2018
3:07 pm

Montclair Art Museum

3 South Mountain Avenue


Featured in MAM’s Rand Gallery of Native American art, this exhibit features 69 baskets collected during the late Victorian era when a craze for Native basketry swept the United States. Basketry fit the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement, which arose in objection to the 19th century Industrial Revolution. Among those who caught basket fever was Annie Valentine Rand, mother of MAM’s cofounder Florence Rand Lang. In Pasadena, she purchased some of her large collection of baskets from Grace Nicholson, a preeminent Native American art dealer who was largely responsible for creating an art market for Native basketry. When Annie Valentine Rand died in 1907, her daughter funded the building of MAM including a display of her mother’s baskets. With guidance from Grace Nicholson, she continued to assemble an exceptional collection of Native American art, which she donated to the Museum.


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