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Traveling exhibits and resource materials featuring basketry that can be booked by museums, educational facilities and other organizations with the appropriate facilities.

Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art Exhibit Catalog Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art - Touring Exhibit
This exhibit organized by the Museum for African Art in collaboration with the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston and the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina features approximately 225 objects including baskets from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia and from diverse regions of Africa, as well as African sculpture from the rice-growing societies which, through the agency of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, exported their cultures to America. Opening at the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, on 29 August 2008 through 30 November 2008: Will open in New York in 2010 as one of the inaugural exhibitions at the Museum for African Art's new building in Harlem. Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art is available for travel.

DINE BITS'AA' BAHANE: The Story of Navajo Baskets
A traveling exhibit about the history, symbolism, manufacturing processes, and new directions in Navajo basketry. Made available for booking by the Anasazi Heritage Center.

Intertwined Contemporary Baskets From the Sara and David Lieberman Collection
Under the auspices of the ASU Art Museum, the exhibition traveled to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Texas; Palo Alto Art Center, California; Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington; and the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe. This rare collection of contemporary baskets including functional vessels as well as expressive works that challenge traditional definitions of basketry, has been promised to the Museum of Arts and Design by Sara and David Lieberman. A Full color catalog is available: Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets From the Sara and David Lieberman Collection

Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art
Modern Twist explores the innovative shape that bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century, highlighting the creativity of 17 contemporary artists through a stunning collection of 37 works. Curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture and organized by: The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. Touring November 2012 - January 2016, with the possibility for extension. Available for booking.

Nature/Culture: Artists Respond to Their Environment
Emily Dvorin (found objects), Jan Hopkins (fruit skins), and the late Fran Reed (fish skins) are basketmakers featured among the artists represented in this traveling exhibit (now retired) organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft.

No Boundaries: Contemporary Basketry
Contemporary basketry exhibit assembled by the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston is available for booking in qualified locations. Includes the works of twelve basket artists including John Garrett, Carol Eckert, Lindsay Rais, Rob Dobson and Jan Hopkins. Programming Guide.

Precious Cargo
The groundbreaking exhibition “Precious Cargo: California Indian Cradle Baskets and Childbirth Traditions” is available for booking to qualified museums and cultural organizations through California Exhibition Resources Alliance. Exhibit now retired but catalog available: Precious Cargo: California Indian Cradle Baskets and Childbirth Traditions

Propose An Exhibition
Information on how to propose a traveling basketry exhibition through the ExhibitsUSA program at Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Row Upon Row: Seagrass Basketry (Grades 1-12)
McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC offers a multidisciplinary kit focusing on the South Carolina sea grass basket making tradition with special attention to both the culture surrounding this art and present threats to the social and physical environment of basketmaking communities. An excellent way to link traditional culture and contemporary social issues. Includes lesson plans, sample sea grass trivet, video interview with basketmakers, and laminated photographs. Available for loan or purchase.

Stout Hearts: Split Oak Basket Makers of the South Carolina Upcountry (Grades 1-12)
McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC offers curriculum materials designed to introduce the traditional folk craft of split oak basketry from the South Carolina upcountry. Includes lesson plans, slides, illustrations, and biographical sketches of basket makers, exhibit catalog and brochure.

Willow Stories: Utah Navajo Story Baskets
A Utah Arts Council Traveling Exhibition organized through the Traveling Exhibition Program (TEP). Willow Stories features basketwork created by four generations of Navajo women and illustrates how the role of the basket has changed over time in their society. Booking available to qualified Utah venues. Scheduled dates.

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