One Bowling Green
(between State and Whitehall Streets)
New York, NY 10004
Subway: 4, 5 to Bowling Green; 1 to South Ferry; R to Whitehall Street; J, Z to Broad Street
About this organization
The museum features year-round exhibitions, dance and music performances, children‚ workshops, family and school programs, film festivals and video screenings that present the diversity of the Native peoples of the Americas and the strength of their cultures from the earliest times to the present.
|Mon||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Tue||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Wed||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Thu||10:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Fri||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Sat||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Sun||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
Open 364 days a year; closed Christmas Day
Infinity of Nations
Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
This spectacular, permanent exhibition of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central and South America demonstrates the breadth of the museum’s renowned collection and highlights the historic importance of many of these iconic objects.
Chosen to illustrate the geographic and chronological scope of the museum’s collection, Infinity of Nations opens with a display of headdresses. Signifying the sovereignty of Native nations, these works include a magnificent Kayapó krok-krok-ti (a macaw-and-heron-feather ceremonial headdress).
Focal-point objects, representing each of ten regions, include an Apsáalooke (Crow) robe illustrated with warriors’ exploits; a detailed Mayan limestone bas relief depicting a ball player; an elaborately beaded Inuit tuilli, or woman’s inner parka, made for the mother of a newborn baby; a Mapuche kultrung, or hand drum, depicting the cosmos; a carved and painted chief’s headdress, depicting a killer whale with a raven emerging from its back, created and worn by Willie Seaweed (Kwakwaka’wakw); an anthropomorphic Shipibo joni chomo, or water vessel from Peru; a Chumash basket decorated with a Spanish-coin motif; an ancient mortar from Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, N.M.; a gourd carved with a detailed picture of the Battle of Arica by Mariano Flores Kananga (Quechua); and an early Anishinaabe man’s outfit complete with headdress, leggings, shirt, sash, and jewelry.
The exhibition concludes with contemporary works by Native artists including sculptor and painter Allan Houser (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache) and Rick Bartow (Mad River Wiyot).
Other Language(s): Spanish