The original exhibition, comprising more than 100 works by 85 Native artists from the United States and Canada, premiered at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. The variety of mediums represented in the exhibition was as diverse as the broad geographic region from which the artists came, encompassing the areas east of the Mississippi – the Great Lakes, Woodlands, Northeast, Southeast, and into the Canadian Subarctic. Selections from Changing Hands 3, as presented at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) in August 2013, will focus on highlights from the original exhibition.
All three Changing Hands exhibitions have focused on art that points toward the future, presenting works by contemporary artists who embrace and take inspiration from cultural traditions while also expressing contemporary creativity and innovation. They have sought to transcend ethnographic and anthropological interpretations, challenge preconceived notions and stereotypes of Indigenous art and artists, and ultimately to effect a reevaluation of present-day Native art in an international arena.
...the work of contemporary artists of indigenous origin working in both traditional and new media, acknowledging their long and diverse cultural legacies while overtly and simultaneously exploring, and often confronting, the many ongoing issues inherent to their cultural heritage.