New Postings, Museum Exhibits, In Memoriam

Several new postings to my website merit mention: a wonderful katsina (kachina) doll, fresh to the market, a Red Mesa rug, several very rare books on basketry, a Maria Martinez jar, and some "new" jewelry. Be sure  to go to my website to learn more about these items. Several of these have also been posted on my Facebook page ( or you can click the little blue "f" on my home page).


 Two very special Museum Exhibits that I want to highlight:

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky will open to the public on March 9, 2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. As a result of a joint collaboration between the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museé du quay Branly, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, this exhibit brings together Plains masterworks from pre-contact to contemporary. Just glancing through the photos of the objects that are posted on the Met's website, it is apparent that there are truly amazing and rarely seen objects included. There is a catalog that accompanies the exhibit.

Connoisseurship and Good Pie: Ted Coe and Collecting Native American Art opens July 25, 2015 at the Wheelwright Museum. This exhibit is the result of collaboration between the Ralph T Coe Foundation and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Featuring 250 works from the Coe Foundation, it highlights Ted Coe's amazing collection and includes "magnificent and rare examples of Native Art". Be sure to save time to visit this exhibit when you plan your next visit to Santa Fe!


IN MEMORIAM: FRANCIS (FRED) BOSCHAN, passed away on February 16, 2015 at the age of 98. 

Fred was my very close friend and mentor. We spent 15 years working together at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (now called The Penn Museum), inventorying their American Indian baskets, pots, textiles, and beadwork. He helped me refine my eye and encouraged me to have faith in my instincts.

Fred had a deep love of art and a driving curiosity to learn as much as he could about any object that caught his eye. He was instrumental in persuading and helping the Museum mount The Gift of Spiderwoman in 1984 as well as other exhibits that followed. He formed his first American Indian art collection after retiring from work. Later sold at Sotheby's (1988), it was reputed to be the best collection of American Indian Art sold at auction since the Green Collection sold at Parke Bernet in 1971. He turned around and began focusing on Northwest Coast Indian Art and later expanded his interests to tribal art.

With his winning personality and great enthusiasm in his pursuit of art, Fred inspired so many of us to focus on areas of art that had been under appreciated. We will all miss him tremendously and are grateful for his friendship and contributions over the years.