Baskets at The Bascom
Interweaving Southern Baskets is on view in the Loft Gallery at The Bascom from now until December 30. This beautiful exhibit, curated by Laura Wingfield, incorporates over 70 baskets from private collections to showcase Native American, Appalachian, Gullah, and Contemporary baskets.
The South has always been home to a blend of cultures – from Native Americans here 14,000 years ago to Europeans 500 years ago, followed by Africans forced to migrate. By 1500, cultures in the South included Creek, Cherokee, Catawba, Choctaw, Chitimacha, and Coushatta. From Europe were English, Scottish, Irish, and German, and Africans from Senegal to Congo. Baskets were integral in daily life, as agricultural equipment for gathering, sifting, storing, and serving the finished product, or as receptacles for tools, clothes, sacred objects, and even infants.