The Smithsonian

National Museum of the American Indian

Zahner was selected for the production of several decorative and artistic elements for the new National Museum for the American Indian, a new museum for the Smithsonian dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. The National Museum of the American Indian is the 16th Museum of the Smithsonian Institute.

Zahner worked with Hopi artist Ramona Sakiestewa to produce Copper Screen Wall, a permanent installation in the court of the museum which lines a walkway down to the open space. Copper was chosen to acknowledge the antiquity of the Indian people who lived in the Northeast. Copper was a widely used material in Mound Builder cultures, which stretched from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, east of the Mississippi, over 2000 years ago.

Photo of National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
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Photo of Fabrication at Zahner HQ for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

Fabrication at Zahner HQ for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
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Photograph of Ramona Sakiestewa (Artist) and Ilze Jones (Architect) for the Smithsonian NMAI

Photograph of Ramona Sakiestewa (Artist) and Ilze Jones (Architect) for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
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Photo of the Potomac Room at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

Potomac Room at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
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National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

In addition to the main Potomac room, Zahner manufactured many of the interior copper panels, railings, door furnishings and more throughout the museum.

Photo of Mitsitam Cafe with custom copper patina panels, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

Mitsitam Cafe with custom copper patina panels, at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Photo of National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.Photo of the Custom Door Handles at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

 

Custom Door Handles at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
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