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Jun 1

In Conversation: Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3

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

The art in this major traveling exhibition celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Native and First Nations art. Join Curator for Museum Teaching and Learning, Pamela Reister, for an exploration of this compelling exhibition. The artists in Changing Hands interpret and redefine such traditional media as basketry, beadwork, textiles, wood, metalwork and stone, as well as look to contemporary media such as video, photography, and performance and installation art. The variety of media is matched by the span of themes that include the natural and spiritual worlds as sources of inspiration; the reinterpretation of traditions; and the often politically charged issue of cultural assimilation.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 / Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast was organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part with the support of the Smithsonian Institution’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Native American Studies Program, the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.