Changing Hands at the Museum of Art and Design
On June 26, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast opened at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. The show brings together works by 85 Native artists from east of the Mississippi, many of whom are using traditional techniques to make modern art. Ellen Taubman, curator of the exhibit, calls the effect "an extraordinary melding of past and present, and direct opposition between stereotype and tradition."
The exhibit has three sections. "Evolution and Exploration" contains works by artists who are putting a new spin on traditional crafts, and features beadwork and basketry (among many other forms) adapted to a modern, if not futuristic, world. "Natural Selection" is a showcase for works that contemplate the ever-intense relationship between the Native worldview and nature itself. Finally, "De-Coding History/Historical Provocation" collects works that comment on political and historical issues, pulling in such themes as injustice and marginalization.
"Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast" runs through October 21; for more information, visit madmuseum.org.