Fenimore Art Museum
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Fenimore Art Museum is dedicated to welcoming and connecting people to our shared cultural heritage through exhibitions and programs that provoke, delight, and inspire.
In 1995, the Fenimore Art Museum embarked upon a new era with the addition of a spectacular new American Indian Wing designed to house the extraordinary gift from Eugene and Clare Thaw of their collection of American Indian Art. The collection has continued to grow as new objects are added by the Thaws and other donors, and today numbers almost 850 objects. Each new object reaffirms the Thaws’
The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is widely recognized as one of the most significant collections of American Indian art in the world. The Thaws began to collect these artworks in 1987 after they established a residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thaw, a distinguished art dealer, and his wife, lifelong collectors, have formed a number of major collections in widely diverse fields, and enriched many museums and cultural