The Burke Museum presented the first comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Northwest Coast Native art from the Burke's own collections, In the Spirit of the Ancestors, from March 3 - September 3, 2007.
Selected by two Burke Museum curators and two guest curators from more than 2,400 20th & 21st century pieces in the museum's ethnology collection, this was the first exhibition of the Burke's contemporary Northwest Coast collection that featured a broad mix of media, including sculpture, weaving, paintings, and prints, together in one major show. View the exhibit website: In the Spirit of the Ancestors.
The exhibit was conceived as a sequel to Bill Holm's book, "Spirit and Ancestor: A Century of Northwest Coast Art at the Burke," in which he selected and commented on 100 pieces in the Burke's collection. In the Spirit of the Ancestors presents contemporary pieces, which have been made since Holm wrote his book in 1985. The exhibit served to increase understanding and appreciation of the vitality, artistry, and cultural significance of contemporary Northwest Coast art.