Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Changing Hands 2

March 4 – April 30, 2006

Changing Hands 2 offers a broader alternative view of recent and ongoing developments in Native art by stressing aesthetics and content over tribal affiliations, ethnographic specifications and cultural history. While a large number of emerging artists are included, Changing Hands 2 also features many artists who already have distinguished histories of exhibitions at major art museums, and who are currently represented in prestigious museum and private collections in North America and Europe.

This exhibition raises important and provocative questions about cultural identity in a changing world, about the interface of tradition and innovation that informs contemporary Native American art today, and about the juxtaposition of reservation life with contemporary urban life. Environmental and political issues are also at the forefront of many artists’ work: these examine and comment upon the essential but fragile relationships between the natural environment and human intervention. The dual roles assumed by many of the artists— as representatives of firmly embedded cultures specific to regions and tribal groups, and as unique creative individuals in a global society —propose multiple definitions of art and identity that are revealed in the choice of materials—ranging from gold and precious stones to found objects and discards.

This exhibition has been organized and is circulated by the Museum of Arts & Design, New York and made possible through the grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Masterpieces Program.

Exhibition Sponsored by the JCF Museum Education Trust, Elizabeth A. Sackler