Transcending Traditions: The Next Generation and Maine Indian Basketry

Coming to us from the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine, Orono, Transcending Traditions features five contemporary Maine Indian basketmakers who represent the next generation: Jeremy Frey, Ganessa Bryant, Sarah Sockbeson, George Neptune, and Eric "Otter" Bacon.  This stunning exhibit will be open to visitors on May 24th at the Downtown Abbe Museum.  A formal reception will be held later in the summer.

Ganessa Bryant, Penobscot
Each of these artists was commissioned to create a masterwork for their featured section that showcases their work.  This piece along with other baskets made by the artist from private and institutional collections traces how his or her work has evolved.  Each exhibit section will also features a basket made by the person who taught the featured artists how to weave.  The goal of this project is to explore the new directions that these innovative artists are taking the tradition in the face of environmental and economic challenges.

Transcending Traditions is supported by a grant from the National Museum of the American Indian's Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program.  The exhibit was created as a collaboration between the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and the Hudson Museum, and we are thrilled to be able to share to welcome it here to the Abbe Museum.