Art Collectors Charles and Valerie Diker, Native American Art Scholar David Penney to Speak in Masters Series in Toledo

Elizabeth Conrad Hickox (Karuk) Somes Bar, California "Fancy" lidded basket, ca. 1917–26 Conifer root, maidenhair fern stems, porcupine quills, hazel shoots 7 1/8 × 8 1/4 in. Diker no. 445 Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Elizabeth Conrad Hickox (Karuk) Somes Bar, California “Fancy” lidded basket, ca. 1917–26 Conifer root, maidenhair fern stems, porcupine quills, hazel shoots 7 1/8 × 8 1/4 in. Diker no. 445 Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Published February 3, 2016

TOLEDO, OHIO – For over four decades Charles and Valerie Diker have been ardent collectors and supporters of Native American art, encouraging the appreciation of these objects for the pure aesthetic pleasures they provide and for their cultural value.

Their collection of Native American art, one of the largest and most comprehensive in private hands, has traveled the country as part of the exhibition Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection organized by the American Federation of Arts.

Tunic and leggings, late 19th century Tlingit, Chilkat, Klukwan, Alaska Cedar bark, wool, metal cones 44 1/2 × 14 5/8 in. Diker no. 795 Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Tunic and leggings, late 19th century Tlingit, Chilkat, Klukwan, Alaska Cedar bark, wool, metal cones 44 1/2 × 14 5/8 in. Diker no. 795 Courtesy American Federation of Arts

When the show comes to the Toledo Museum of Art – the only stop in the Midwest and the last public venue where it will be seen – the Dikers will be in Toledo for a Masters Series presentation on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the Peristyle. Joining them in a conversation about Native American art will be the exhibition’s guest curator David W. Penney, an internationally recognized scholar of American Indian art whose publications include “North American Indian Art” (2004), part of the Thames & Hudson “World of Art” series. Penney is associate director of museum scholarship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, and formerly was curator of Native American art and vice president of exhibitions and collections strategies at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Brian Kennedy, director of the Toledo Museum of Art, will be the moderator.

Free and open to the public, the Masters Series is sponsored by the Museum Ambassadors and Yark Automotive Group.

The presentation is one of several events planned in conjunction with the special touring exhibition Indigenous Beauty, which is on view February 12-May 8 in the Canaday Gallery.

The free, public opening celebration on February 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. will begin with a ceremony led by representatives of American Indian communities with ancestral ties to Ohio, including Chief Glenna J. Wallace of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, visual artist Richard Zane Smith of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma and tribal historic preservation officer Paul Barton of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma.

Drawn from Native American art collected by Charles and Valerie Diker, Indigenous Beauty features more than 120 masterworks representing native communities across the North American continent.

Organized by the American Federation of Arts, the exhibition is made possible nationally by the generosity of an anonymous donor, the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox.

Its showing in Toledo is made possible by 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, Dorothy MacKenzie Price, Taylor Cadillac and members of the Museum.

Admission to the Museum and to the exhibition is free. Free programs planned in conjunction with the exhibition include:

Masters Series: Charles and Valerie Diker with David W. Penney
February 11: 6 p.m., Peristyle
The Toledo Museum of Art’s Masters Series continues with a conversation between collectors of Native American art Charles and Valerie Diker and David W. Penney, guest curator of Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection. Brian Kennedy, director of the Museum, will moderate. The Masters Series is sponsored by the Museum Ambassadors and Yark Automotive Group.

Opening Celebration: Indigenous Beauty
February 12: 6-9 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Celebrate the opening of Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection at the Toledo Museum of Art. The touring exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts features 120 extraordinary works by Native peoples across North America. The evening will begin with a 6 p.m. ceremony led by representatives of American Indian communities with ancestral ties to Ohio, including Chief Glenna J. Wallace of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, visual artist Richard Zane Smith of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma and tribal historic preservation officer Paul Barton of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma. Dancers and singers from the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, will perform during the 6 p.m. ceremony and then again at 7 and 8 p.m.

 

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