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Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3

Jeffrey Gibson, Everlast, 2011-12, Wool, canvas, steel, acrylic paint, glass beads, artificial sinew, tin jingles. Image credit: Ed Watkins

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 explores the work of contemporary artists of Native North American 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.

This exhibition is the culmination of a decade-long investigation and exploration into fine art created by Indigenous artists from North America, defined by their regional origins. This concluding exhibition of the three-part series presents new work by Native American, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and designers from the Northeastern and Southeastern regions of the United States and Canada. Curated by Ellen Taubman, this Changing Hands presentation is the third in a series of exhibitions organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

The exhibit is on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Art from May 24–September 14, 2014.

As part of the exhibit, UMMA will host “In Conversation: Historical Practices and Contemporary Native American Art” on July 27 at the A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I.

U-M PhD candidate Kristine Ronan will highlight the intersection between the historical and the contemporary in an array of objects from the touring exhibition Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3. Comparing objects from the exhibition to some of UMMA’s permanent collections, we will especially consider how relating the past to the present might serve as political commentary for a number of today’s Native artists.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing

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