Diane D Dittemore
- Associate Curator, Ethnological Collections
- M.S. Anthropology
- University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
- A Comparison of Seri and Western Apache One-stringed Fiddles
- Arizona State Museum University of Arizona (2014 - Ongoing)
- Arizona State Museum University of Arizona (2012 - 2014)
- Arizona State Museum University of Arizona (2008 - 2014)
- Arizona State Museum University of Arizona (1984 - 2008)
- Arizona State Museum University of Arizona (1979 - 1984)
Native American cultural arts with Southwest focus, particularly basketry
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- Dittemore, D. D., Jacobs, M., & Lyons, P. D. (2008). The Southwestern Pottery Collection at the Arizona State Museum: An American Treasure. AMERICAN INDIAN ART, 33(4), 68-77.
- Dawley, M. M., & Dittemore, D. D. (2016, September 2016). Rethinking Physical Collections Access, Access for Tribal Community Members, Arizona State Museum. Western Museum Association.
- Dawley, M. M., Dittemore, D. D., Dittemore, D. D., & Dawley, M. M. (2017. Native Voice Video to accompany Woven through Time exhibit. Arizona State Museum Woven through Time gallery. Arizona State Museum Woven through Time gallery: Friends of the ASM Collections.More infoVideo (~8 minute) produced with funding from the Friends of ASM Collections that focuses on basket weavers from Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community gathering basketry materials and weavers from the Tohono O'odham Community Action organization hosting a basket making circle. Commentary on the affect of US Indian Policy on basket weaving is provided by scholar Tsianina Lomawaima, formerly of UA and now at ASU. The video was posted to Youtube, but my coproducer is submitting this for a film festival so we had to temporarily remove it. As soon as possible, it will be reposted.
- Dittemore, D. D. (2017. Picture This: Basketry in Daily and Ceremonial Native American Life. ASM. 102 gallery: ASM.More infoExhibit of 12 painting depicting basketry installed next to the major basketry gallery where Woven Through Time was installed.
- Eckert, S. L. (2017. Woven through Time: American Treasures of Basketry and Fiber Art. Arizona State Museum. gallery: Arizona State Museum.More infoI am the lead curator for the Basketry Interpretive Gallery (BIG) exhibit. In spring of 2015 the team producing this exhibit was reconfigured due to the loss of key exhibition design and management personnel as well as the educational content curator. The design was contracted out to an architectural firm in Tucson. I have continued to oversee content development, working with the project director/archaeological content provider and remaining team members to have the project move forward with the new team makeup. The exhibit opened in April of 2017.
- Dittemore, D. D., Giffords, G. F., & Brescia, M. D. (2015. Intimacy of Faith. Arizona State Museum. Gallery: Arizona State Museum.More infoIntimacy of Faith is an exhibit of Mexican religious art, based upon the collection of a local art historian and collector, Gloria Giffords. Ms. Giffords first approached me about exhibiting her collection several years back. I shepherded the exhibit, as an in-house content curator (Dr. Michael Brescia) was selected and exhibit designer (Davison Koenig) was brought in. I created the list of community consultants with which we began our exhibit development in 2014, contributed many names on the list of invitees for a reception to raise funds for the exhibit; took responsibility for keeping the inventory of works included, selected works from ASM for inclusion (New Mexico retablos, Mexican/O'odham milagros), wrote text panels for three of the sections, collaborated on design, worked with the guest curator in selecting works to include, collaborated with lead curator to arrange public programs, and then arranged for the inventorying of the 285 items that were included in the exhibit and return of the 140 items that were not. I installed the exhibit with the exhibits curators and assistant curator of ethnological collections. I have contributed two tours of the exhibit, including leading a tour for 25 visiting Archaeological Society of America members. This exhibit received a very positive review published in the Public Historian. It is a great omission that reviews in Public Historian decline to include more than the "Lead Curator" of an exhibit, and for this reason even the guest curator's contributions were not well represented nor those of the committee members including me.