Title: Tlingit Crest Hat
Artist: Preston Singletary (b. 1963)
Culture: Tlingit (Northwest Coast, United States)
Size: 15” Diam.
Credit: Museum Commission
On View: Yes
Preston Singletary is considered one of the most innovative and dynamic contemporary native American artists. He is known for blending traditional native forms and concepts with non-native techniques that redefine notions of native American art.
Singletary’s earlier work, like this one, included pieces based on traditional Tlingit hats. The sculpture is similarly-shaped and includes traditional Northwest Coast motifs. It is meant to be placed upside down, under a light, and on a flat surface. The light casts a shadow over the hat that adds an ethereal, otherworldly aspect to its physical presence.