Magnificent Gifts for the 75th

February 13, 2010— April 4, 2010

American Indian Collection

Since I was a teenager, I have had an interest in collecting Western and American Indian art, because it represents much of the history of the United States.
–Ed and Judy Benson

Fifteen outstanding gifts were added to the American Indian collection, including nine on view in the newly installed American Indian galleries and six presented in the exhibition space.

Among them are Ed and Judy Benson’s gift of the Mdewakanton Dakota Gunstock Club; John and Kay Callison’s promised gift of the Late-Mississippian Kneeling Human Effigy Jar; Ned Jalbert’s gift of the 18th-century Ojibwa Coat; and John and Marilyn McConnell’s promised gift of the Mingos House, Zuni Knife Wing God Inlay Pin.

Five works were received from Peter and Barbara Gattermeir, including Beau Dick’s powerful Kwakwaka’ wakw Four Face Mask and Dextra Nampeyo’s Hopi-Tewa ceramic Jar. These and other generous gifts have redefined and focused new attention on the Museum’s American Indian collection.

Click here for information about the Morton and Estelle Sosland gift of American Indian art.

Ontario, Canada
ca. 1789
Native leather, rawhide, pigment,
porcupine quills, glass beads and deer hair
Gift of Ned Jalbert in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and funds from the exchange of William Rockhill Nelson Trust properties, 2008.1

Parfleche Envelope
Lakota (Teton Sioux)
North or South Dakota
ca. 1885
Rawhide and pigment
Gift of Barbara and Peter Gattermeir in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2009.42.1

Kneeling Human Effigy Jar
Late Mississippian Culture
Bradley Site, Crittenden County, Arkansas
Promised gift of John and Kay Callison in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 15.2006

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