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2014 Doris Sloan Memorial Program: UMMA Dialogue: Speaking of Past and Present: Changing Perceptions and Practices in Contemporary Native Art

Join exhibition curator Ellen Taubman, U-M Associate Dean and Carroll Smith Rosenberg Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Native American Studies Philip J. Deloria, and a panel of artists including mother-daughter pair of award-winning contemporary black ash basket weavers Kelly Church (UM class of 1998) and Cherish Parrish (current UM LSA student), Canadian-based new media artist Skawennati, and Michigan ceramics and mixed media artist Jason Wesaw. Changing Hands presents work by Native artists from North America in a wide range of media, exploring the diverse ways these works celebrate cultural heritage and confront issues at the forefront of indigenous art and politics today. This dynamic gathering will explore these themes, in particular the ways in which contemporary Native art engages or challenges today’s global art world.

Refreshments and late gallery hours after the conversation.

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.