Yesterday & Today

 

A Major CIBA Exhibition

In Collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences

And K.R. Martindale Show Management

The exhibition “Yesterday & Today” compares 70 historic California Indian baskets from the California Academy of Sciences Collection with 70 contemporary baskets created by California Indian weavers since 1965. The purpose of the 2,450 linear foot exhibit is to demonstrate to the general public that the cultural practices related to traditional basketry continue vigorously in California’s tribal communities today.

Collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) and K. R. Martindale Show Management enabled CIBA to feature pieces from the never before exhibited CAS Basketry Collection and to have access to critical production components provided by K. R. Martindale such as an expansive venue, arts insurance, lighting, exhibit panels, and marketing. Over $625,000 in documented “In Kind” contributions were made in support of the exhibit by CAS, K. R. Martindale, and members of the Project Staff. The Native Community throughout California provided critical support by loaning irreplaceable family heirlooms for inclusion in the exhibit. Many tribal governments in California contributed financially to the project and a $5,000 contribution by Marin County philanthropist Jeff Craemer provided the down payment for plex cases.

 

Photos courtesy Russ Hartman
Frank Huzel Laura and Ben Susana and Lucy unpacking baby carrier
Frank Huzel Laura and Ben Susana and Lucy unpacking baby carrier
Installing huge Maidu basket Central Coast cases Northeast California cases
Installing huge Maidu basket Central Coast cases Northeast California cases
Northwest California cases Pomo baskets Bryn Potter leading symposium tour
Northwest California cases Pomo baskets Bryn Potter leading symposium tour
Clint McKay leading symposium tour Weavers' circle (Lena, Verna, Carrie and Eva Lois Conner Bohna sizing basketry materials
Clint McKay leading symposium tour Weavers' circle - Lena, Verna, Carrie and Eva Lois Conner Bohna sizing basketry materials
Carrie Garcia weaving 2 Eva Salazar weaving Lena Hurd and Verna Reece
Carrie Garcia weaving Eva Salazar weaving Lena Hurd and Verna Reece

PROJECT STAFF

In addition to providing exhibit objects ($500,000 appraised value) the CAS agreed to the full time assistance of two staff members for nearly a year, Senior Collections Manager Russell Hartman and Collection Assistant Manager Laura Eklund.

Master Weavers selected by CIBA’s Board of Directors from California’s six “Geomorphic Provinces,” create the “Voice” of the exhibition, as well as its content and purpose. CIBA Master Weavers participating in “Yesterday & Today” included Linda Yamane Ohlone , Wilvera Reece Karuk, Lena Hurd Yurok, Eva Salaza r Kummeyaa, Lucy McKay Pomo/Sierra Miwok , Clint McKay Dry Creek Pomo/Wappo/Wintun , Shiwaya Peck Mountain Maidu/Pit River , Jennifer Bates Sierra Miwok , Lois Conner Bohna Mono and Carrie Garcia Luiseno .

Susana Macarron, recently retired Head Registrar at the Oakland Museum of California History, served as the Project Registrar.

Frank Huzel, CAS Armature Builder, designed and constructed all necessary supports for objects in the exhibition.

Project Directors, CIBA’s Board Chairman Clint McKay Dry Creek Pomo/Wappo/Wintun and CIBA’s Consultant, long time exhibit designer Shirley Schaufel, worked together to generate community support, develop funding proposals, ensure that exhibit goals were kept in focus, arrange for loans of contemporary baskets, create meaningful text, and arrange for transportation of Weaver/Consultants.

Jan Timbrook of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Ben Benson, Sonoma State University, Sherrie Smith Ferri Pomo, Director, Grace Hudson Museum, Beth Rose Middleton, U. C. Davis Native American Studies, Vanessa Esquivido Nor Rel Muk Wintu , U. C. Davis and Bryn Potter, Riverside Metropolitan Museum served as

Advisors on the Project.

Graphic designer Mark Hayes created the exhibit panels layouts, signage and marketing/advertising materials. Karen Pierce Gonzales served as the Project’s Public Relations specialist.

The work of several photographers, who frequently document CIBA events, were included in the exhibit; Matt Henderson, Christine George, John Gompertz and Laura Solarzano. Rob Fox and Terry Strauss produced extensive video footage of the event.

CIBA Board member Leah Mata Northern Chumash , Linda Kulick from CAS’s design department, Jan Timbrook curator at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, members of the McKay family and the Installation Crew from Shirley Schaufel, Exhibit Design worked to install and de-install the exhibit.

 

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