Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America

Saturday, January 28, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, May 14, 2017 (All day)

Museum of Art & Archaeology


basketry flyer

The Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri is pleased to announce a new exhibition in collaboration with the National Basketry Organization—Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, from January 28 through May 14, 2017. The Museum of Art and Archaeology is the first venue for what will be a three year long traveling exhibition.

Ninety-three objects provide an historical overview of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Historical baskets were rooted in local landscapes and shaped by cultural traditions. The rise of the industrial revolution and mass production at the end of the nineteenth century led basket makers to create works for new audiences and markets, including tourists, collectors and fine art museums.

Today the story continues. Some contemporary artists seek to maintain and revive traditions practiced for centuries. Others combine age-old techniques with nontraditional materials to generate cultural commentary. Still others challenge viewers’ expectations by experimenting with form, materials, and scale.

According to co-curators Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain, “Baskets convey meaning through the artists’ selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ. This exhibition will feel both familiar and alien to visitors. Some objects are very utilitarian while others defy every idea you might have about what a basket could be." See website for exhibition details:

basketry examples

The Museum of Art and Archaeology is located in Mizzou North at the corner of 115 Business Loop 70 West and North Garth on the MU campus. Admission is free. Group tours can be arranged by calling (573) 882-3591 at least two weeks in advance. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9:00am until 4:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, noon until 4:00pm. The Museum is FREE and open to the public. Visit the Museum’s website at The Museum of Art and Archaeology is ADA accessible.