Tribe of Baskets

  • Ed Rossbach, Tribe of Baskets, 1970, polyethylene, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1992.46E

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Ed Rossbach taught himself the technique of “plaiting,” or interweaving, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He used this method to create wall hangings and baskets out of a wide variety of natural grasses and palm leaves, as well as from plastic tubing, as here in Tribe of Baskets. The artist created similar groups of baskets out of diagonally plaited cotton or foil. The title of this piece refers to the familial grouping of pieces, but may also have been Rossbach’s way of poking fun at the “serious” artists who insisted on keeping indigenous Native American basketmaking traditions at the forefront.

Title
Tribe of Baskets
Artist
Date
1970
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
5 1/8 x 3 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (13.1 x 9.9 x 9.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
polyethylene
Classifications
Object Number
1992.46E
Palette
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