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Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

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On View 

Weaving Across Time: Contemporary Cherokee Basket Making, Land, and Identity

On view

Dec

13

Apr

22

Through

Dec

13

Apr

22

When

Dec 13, 2021

Apr 22, 2022

A Cherokee handmade basket on a clean white surface, showing the fine detail of the piece.

Photo credit:

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow, "Eye of the Sacred Bird," 2020.

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Weaving Across Time: Contemporary Cherokee Basket Making, Land, and Identity

On view

Dec

13

Apr

22

Through

Dec

13

Apr

22

When

Dec 13, 2021

Apr 22, 2022

A Cherokee handmade basket on a clean white surface, showing the fine detail of the piece.

Photo credit:

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow, "Eye of the Sacred Bird," 2020.

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Weaving Across Time: Contemporary Cherokee Basket Making, Land, and Identity

On view

Dec

13

Apr

22

Through

Dec

13

Apr

22

When

Dec 13, 2021

Apr 22, 2022

A Cherokee handmade basket on a clean white surface, showing the fine detail of the piece.

Photo credit:

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow, "Eye of the Sacred Bird," 2020.

FRONT & CENTER

Front & center

Weaving Across Time features a recent resurgence of contemporary Eastern Band Cherokee artists who are creatively building on a centuries-old practice of basket making. Learning from mothers, grandmothers, and mentors, these nine artists sustainably harvest, prepare, and dye materials found throughout Western North Carolina, and weave them into exquisite baskets. 

Their creative practice is intricately connected to the land - land that has been stolen, extracted, and depleted. The Cherokee have lived throughout what is now known as the Southeastern United States for over 15,000 years. However, broken treaties and forced removal have barred access to ancestral homelands and their natural resources. Development and climate change continue to threaten these environments. Today, mountain rivercane, one of the oldest Cherokee basket making materials, is 98% less abundant than before.

In the face of these conditions, generations of Cherokee have adapted their cultural practices, developing innovative designs and evolving traditions. The interwoven elements of land and cultural identity become embedded into the structure of each basket, a testament to an ongoing process of adaptation, transformation, and resilience. The works on view in this exhibit are more than beautiful objects. They are vessels that preserve, store, and celebrate indigenous wisdom, identity, and creativity through ongoing, contemporary practice.

This exhibition features over forty rivercane and white oak baskets, mats, and miniatures made between 2000-2021. Exhibiting Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Artists include: ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow, Faye Junaluska, Lucille Lossiah, Ramona Lossie, Betty Maney, ᏗᎳᏂ Dylan Morgan, ᎺᎵ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ, Mary Thompson, ᏎᎳᏂ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Sarah Thompson, Patricia Welch.

How To View

Opening Reception

Friday, Dec 11, 2021, 5-7 pm ET

Join us from 5-7 pm on Friday, December 11th for the opening reception of Weaving Across Time. To encourage social distancing, the Center will be registering a limited number of attendees in 30-minute time slots. This event is free and open to all!

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In-Person

The Center is offering free, unguided visits and affordable tours of its exhibitions to the public. Guests can reserve a 30-minute visit to explore the current exhibitions, learn more about the Center’s national impact in their Craft Research Fund Study Collection, and enjoy interactive activities. The Center is open to the public Monday-Friday, 10 am - 6 pm. Hours of operation may be subject to change.

Center for Craft is monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on the community and following the instruction of federal, state, and local health departments. Our top priority is always the health and safety of our staff, coworkers, and visitors. At this time, the Center can only allow a maximum of five guests in its public space at once and will require the use of masks or face coverings by all visitors, including children. The Center reserves the right to refuse entry to any visitor that will not comply.

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OPENING RECEPTION

Sat

,

Dec

11

,

5:00 pm

7:00 pm

Where

Bresler Family Gallery

67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC, 28801

CURATed By

Exhibition management

Installation by

Exhibition design

Edited by

Advisory Committee

ᏓᎪᏔ ᎤᏬᏗᎨ, Dakota Brown, Director of Education, Museum of the Cherokee Indian

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow, Artist


Anya Montiel, Curator, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

Exhibition Credits

Weaving Across Time was collaboratively curated with the Exhibiting Artists and Advisors and organized by Marilyn Zapf, Director of Programs and Curator, and the Center for Craft. Special thanks to Sarah Darro, Gallery Manager at the Center for Craft, for her support in planning this exhibition. 

Graphic Design by

Kristi Pfeffer

Photography by

Exhibition photos by Black Box Photography. Press photos by Alyssa Ruberto.

exhibition events

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about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

ᎺᎵ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ, Mary Thompson

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

ᏎᎳᏂ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Sarah Thompson

exhibition Images

exhibition Images

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