hats off to Budd !
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Prestige Hat20th century
Diam. 7 ¾ in.
Gift of Budd Stalnaker in honor of William and Diane Itter, 2004.27
A rich variety of forms, materials, and colors characterize hats from the
Grassfields of Cameroon. Traditionally they were designed for both everyday and
ceremonial occasions, as an adult male was expected to have his head covered
whenever he appeared in public. On this example, bright colors and many small
projections, each of which has a small piece of wood at its center, are combined
to make a lively composition. The projections are believed to derive from tufted
hairstyles and also create a visual effect similar to feathers and quills which
ornament other hats in this area.
This hat is included in the special exhibition,
Hats Off to Budd!
Special Exhibitions Gallery,
Hexagon Gallery, first floor
September 30–December 17, 2006
Budd Stalnaker—textile artist, longtime faculty member in the Hope School of
Fine Arts, and friend of the IU Art Museum—died last May. His gifts of African
art, most recently in the form of his collection of more than seventy African
hats, are an enduring legacy to the Art Museum. A selection of the hats will be
on display in this Hexagon Gallery show, along with examples of Budd’s own
creative work. Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Class of
1949 Endowment for the Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
Art Museum features
tribute gallery for former professor
Indiana Daily Student found at idsnews.com
Published Thursday, September 28, 2006
Budd Stalnaker was an artist, a faculty member in the Henry Radford Hope
School of Fine Arts and a collector. Stalnaker died in May of this year, and the
IU Art Museum is honoring his passion and life's work with a special exhibition
that will open Saturday and run through Dec. 17.
Support for the exhibition -- titled "Hats off to Budd!" -- will be
provided by the Class of 1949 Endowment for the Curator of the Arts of Africa,
Oceania and the Americas. Pelrine is the curator of that gallery.
"He was a good friend to the museum. He was always telling us about
exhibitions and about donors. This is a gesture of respect and gratitude for
what he has done," IU Art Museum curator Pelrine said of Stalnaker's
contributions to the museum.
The Hexagon Gallery on the ground floor of the museum will be filled with gifts
from Stalnaker's personal collection of African art, which includes almost 80
hats that exemplify the knotless netting technique. Stalnaker was particularly
interested in this method because it is a time-consuming process resulting in a
design that prevents unraveling, even if the hat sustains some damage in the
process, according to a press release. In addition to the hats, Stalnaker
collected pieces of kente, a fabric native to Ghana that is made of colorful
woven cloth strips, which he also donated to the museum.
An artist himself, Stalnaker began teaching textiles at IU in 1964, according to
a press release. His tapestry weaving works will be on display in "Hats off
to Budd!" A press release from the IU Art Museum said his "ladder
series" will be featured and described it as "a long-term exploration
of variations on abstract ladders as a metaphor for climbing, growth and
Two gallery talks will be given in conjunction with the exhibition. Patrick
McNaughton, the Chancellor's Professor of African Art History, will be speak at
12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. The lecture, titled "Living with Fine
Design," will be about contextual information and artistry of Stalnaker's
William Itter, a faculty colleague and fellow collector of Stalnaker, will host
a talk and reception at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, titled "Between Art and
© 2006 Indiana Daily Student
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