at the Bevier Gallery at R.I.T.
of "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3"
If you want to open a new avenue of art exploration you must see "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3" now on view at The Memorial Art Gallery. There are so many new things to see, and such a vital call for your attention, we are honored to have this traveling exhibition here in our midst. You can also learn a lot by noting how this exhibition is arranged: three categories, art is aligned with a point of view - 1. Evolution and Exploration 2. Natural Selection 3. Historical Provocation/ Decoding History.
Native american contemporary art has not been given this kind of forum often, but things are changing and a market is developing for these artists. Some of the featured artists carry over craft traditions from the trade goods of the 19th century - updated and upgraded - an example of which I found in the works of Dawn Walden ( Anishinaube (First People)) and Jeremy Frey (Paint Basket).
part of the Changing Hands exhibition
The political angle of being effective as a Native American artist is explored in some powerful ways, just go see this show and find Alan Michelson's "Phoenix" made out of handmade paper, or Shan Goshorn's "Educational Genocide: The Legacy of the Carlisle Indian Boarding School" made out of a sliced up historical photo of Indian children in front of the notorious school.
I was glad to find the products of G. Peter Jemison in this show -his signature decorated shopping bags were found in a long vitrine. Last year I had Peter come to R.I.T. to speak to students about some of the same artists that are in this show. Buy the catalog to read the essays and you come away from this gallery experience with new respect - and you will want to see more!
Peter Jemison at MAG in
Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3