Eiteljorg Museum exhibits basket collection donated by Perelmans

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has opened an exhibit featuring the work of Native American basket makers donated to the museum by Mel and Joan Perelman, two of the organization’s biggest supporters.

The Perelmans recently gifted their collection of 147 baskets, cradles and bags spanning much of North America, with a focus on the Southwest and West.

A selection of those are featured in the exhibit “Interwoven: Native American Basketry from the Mel and Joan Perelman Collection.”

The exphibit opened this month in the museum's Paul Gallery and runs through Aug. 5.

“The Eiteljorg Museum has benefited profoundly from the generosity of Mel and Joan Perelman over the past two decades,” Eiteljorg CEO John Vanausdall said in a statement.

“Their exquisite judgment in collecting fine art of Native America and the West is reflected in this outstanding collection, representing many cultures, that the public will be fascinated to see,” he said. “In light of the extraordinary quality of this basket collection, it’s appropriate that we share it with the public.”

The Perelmans are art collectors who purchased pieces during their travels. A previous Eiteljorg exhibit, “Spirited Connoisseurs” in 2004, featured Western paintings and native art the Perelmans had collected.

Mel Perelman serves on the museum’s board. The Eiteljorg’s expansion wing, which was built in 2005, is named for the couple.•

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