at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade
Opens July 14, 2018
"Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade," in the McCarl Gallery features over twenty rare, colorful and pictorial Navajo weavings created by anonymous Navajo women working on hand looms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition showcases a variety of pictorial designs, materials, and symbolic imagery. The earliest object is a man's traditional wearing blanket from about 1860. Later weavings from the early 20th century began to depict the influence of the Anglo world including the incorporation of trains, American flags, and livestock.
The Navajo weavings are on loan to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg from Rex and Pat Lucke of Elkhorn, Nebraska. The exhibit is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.
Folk Art Underfoot: American Hooked Rugs
For the first time, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum will feature an exhibition on the art of hooking and sewing rugs, featuring about twenty hooked and sewn rugs. The craft of making non-woven rugs has been called "America's one indigenous folk art." It was in Maine that rug-making techniques originated and grew from their 19th-century origins to a national activity. Rug making gave housewives with no academic art training a way to create an everyday household object with decorative interest and beauty. A special component of the exhibition is a video showing the rug hooking technique.
The American hooked and sewn rugs are on loan to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg from Joseph Caputo of Pittston, Maine. The exhibit is partially funded through the generosity of Larry and Cynthia Norwood of Texas.