Hopi artistry celebrated at Arizona State Museum

Ukiah, California (NFIC) 2-09

  KWASA'YKATSINA (Dress Katsina), by Varney Pentewa, 1948, wicker, 14" diameter, from the Judith W. and Andrew D. Finger Collection

Katsina images on basketry is the topic of Arizona State Museum’s newest exhibition CIRCLES OF LIFE: Katsina Imagery in Hopi Basketry.

This traveling exhibition, curated by Andrew and Judith Finger, is from the Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House in Ukiah, CA.

It includes historic pieces from the Finger collection as well as contemporary examples from the John Selmer and Barbara Goldeen collection. While at ASM, it will be augmented by the museum’s own collections of Hopi baskets, pottery, and katsina dolls.

Visitors to this exhibit will enjoy an historic overview of the Hopi basket-making traditions, techniques and types, and will learn how to “read” and identify

distinguishing katsina iconography.

 Nuvaktsinmana Poota (Snow Katsina Madien) Coiledplaque, woven by daisy Mansfield,Ca. 2004 14" diameter,from the collection of Patricia Lowery

CIRCLES OF LIFE: Katsina Imagery in Hopi Basketry, February 7 – July 3, 2009, Arizona State Museum, Public Opening Celebration. Fun for the entire family. Free and open to the community including Demonstrations like:

-Hopi basket weavers Ruby Chimerica and Annetta (Nita) Koruh from Third Mesa.

-Hopi katsina carver Sherald Hoguim from First Mesa Presentations.

-1:30 p.m. Exhibit curators Judith and Andrew Finger will give an illustrated talk about historical Hopi baskets.

-2:15 p.m. Scholarly collectors John Selmer and Barbara Goldeen will give an illustrated talk about contemporary Hopi baskets.

Katsina, as opposed to the more common spelling kachina, is closer sounding to actual Hopi pronunciation and is the spelling preferred by most Hopis.

This exhibition comes to Arizona State Museum through the encouragement of ASM Board Member Robert Piestewa Ames. It is funded by the generosity of Patricia Lowery and the many contributions made to Arizona State Museum in honor of its late Director Hartman H. Lomawaima, who was one of the exhibit’s consultants. While at ASM, the exhibit is dedicated to his memory.

Arizona State Museum is located on the University of Arizona campus at Park Ave and University Blvd in Tucson, Arizona. The street address is 1013 E University Blvd.

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