Charles and Valerie Diker Collection Metropolitan Museum Summer 2019

Exhibition Overview

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This landmark exhibition in the Museum's American Wing showcases 116 masterworks representing the achievements of artists from more than fifty cultures across North America. Ranging in date from the second to the early twentieth century, the diverse works are promised gifts, donations, and loans to The Met from the pioneering collectors Charles and Valerie Diker. Long considered to be the most significant holdings of historical Native American art in private hands, the Diker Collection has particular strengths in sculpture from British Columbia and Alaska, California baskets, pottery from southwestern pueblos, Plains drawings and regalia, and rare accessories from the eastern Woodlands.

Accompanied by a catalogue.


The exhibition is made possible by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, the Enterprise Holdings Endowment, and the Walton Family Foundation.

The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is situated in Lenapehoking, the homeland of Lenape peoples, and respectfully acknowledges their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to the area.

Intrinsic to the American Wing's evolving collecting focus and expanding definition of historical American art is our long-term commitment to ongoing dialogues with source communities, artists, and scholars who inform and expand our understanding of diverse Indigenous cultures—a critical component of caring for and displaying these distinct expressions of culture and identity.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746