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Passionate Journey: The Grice Collection of Native American Art

Passionate Journey: The Grice Collection of Native American Art

Mint Museum RANDOLPH Jul 18 2009-Oct 17 2009   /  The Grice Collection complements The Mint Museum’s outstanding ancient American art collection and bridges the historical gap between contemporary Native American cultures and the Ancient American period.

Exhibition Highlights

About The Exhibition

This special exhibition features contemporary Native American pottery art from New Mexico, modern Maya weavings from southern Mexico and Guatemala, and Mexican performance masks.  These distinctive art forms present modern and contemporary expressions of Native traditions alive and well in the United States, Mexico and Guatemala but whose origins are thousands of years old.   The catalog comprises a comprehensive documentation of the Grice collections, featuring each artistic tradition accompanied by an explanatory text, commentaries by the living artists represented among the works (when appropriate), and personal vignettes of the Grices’ collecting activities spanning nearly 20 years.

The Grice Collection augments The Mint Museum’s reputation in the area of American art, complementing its outstanding ancient American art collection and bridging the historical and perceptual gap between the indigenous American cultures and the post-16th-century European-based cultural developments in North and Central America.   The collection also complements the costume and North Carolina pottery collections, providing a comparative opportunity to appreciate the differences of these disparate traditions and inspire local artists, which was the Grices’ original intent when choosing The Mint Museum as the home for these artworks.