Indianapolis, Indiana (PRWEB) May 08, 2012
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has received a significant collection of Hopi katsina carvings. The collection of 110 objects, regarded as one of the finest private collections in the country, will be donated to the museum by R. Terrance and Rebecca Rader of Troy, Mich. The collection has been valued at $1 million. The museum has opened the exhibit, Compositions in Cottonwood: The Rader Collection of Hopi Katsina Carvings, a display of selected works donated to the museum.
“Through programs like Quest for the West®, Indian Market and Festival and the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship our institution has developed a strong national reputation that has attracted an uncommon number of major private collections to the museum,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “This gift, along with the Kersting Collection, Gund Collection and others, enrich our guests by allowing them to experience the American West and Native America through consequential works of art.”
On a family vacation in the mid ‘80s, Terry and Becky Rader stopped at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s annual Hopi Festival. They bought three modest pieces there, which became the start of what is now an extraordinary collection of contemporary Southwestern cultural arts.
The Raders developed a love and passion for the Southwest—both the region’s art and the cultures. Their passion is evident in their collection. With a few exceptions, the couple collects from living artists and enjoys developing personal relationships with them. They feel it helps to understand the artists’ inspirations and the stories behind individual pieces.
Katsina carvings eventually became a special interest for the Raders. Katsina spirits are part of the belief system of the Hopi people of Arizona. For generations, carvings have represented katsina spirits and have been offered as gifts to children to help them learn about their culture and beliefs. Carved versions of these figures have become a highly-specialized art form sought after by collectors.
After more than 20 years of collecting, they have amassed what Native Peoples Magazine referred to as “one of the finest private collections of Hopi katsinas.” The couple has donated the entire collection of katsina carvings to the Eiteljorg Museum.
“We feel the Eiteljorg is the best museum for exhibiting Native American Art,” said Terry Rader. “The museum not only displays the art but carries on Native art traditions, making it a natural fit for our collection. We have a fondness for the museum and its collection as it is a perfect match to our own collecting interests.”
“The Raders are exceptionally sophisticated collectors and have amassed a truly stunning collection of Southwestern cultural arts,” said Vanausdall. “We are honored they have chosen the Eiteljorg for their unparalleled collection of katsina carvings.”
The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. Through its Project New Moon campaign, the museum is attracting new audiences with dynamic new interpretations of its mission. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit http://www.eiteljorg.org.