Art of the American Indian Frontier

The Collecting of Chandler and Pohrt

May 24, 1992 – January 24, 1993

East Building Upper Level


Overview: This loan exhibition consisted of 152 objects produced by Woodland and Plains Indians, from the collections of Milford G. Chandler and Richard A. Pohrt. It was reassembled from holdings of 8 United States museums. The installation featured a wide range of 19th-century decorative, utilitarian, and ceremonial items and was divided into 2 sections, Eastern Woodlands and Great Plains. The exhibition was accompanied by a 17-minute video on the formation of the Chandler and Pohrt collections.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts in association with the National Gallery of Art and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming. Co-curators were David W. Penney, of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and George P. Horse Capture, former curator for the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The exhibition was coordinated for the National Gallery by Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser of the department of installation and design.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the city of Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Image: Installation view of Art of the American Indian Frontier: The Collecting of Chandler and Pohrt, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

Attendance: 424,345

Catalog: Art of the American Indian Frontier: The Chandler-Pohrt Collection, by David W. Penney with essays by Richard A. Pohrt, Milford G. Chandler, and George P. Horse Capture. Seattle: University of Washington Press; Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts, 1992.

Other Venues:
Seattle Art Museum, March 11–May 9, 1993
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, June 18–September 12, 1993
Detroit Institute of Arts, October 17, 1993–February 6, 1994