Chazen Museum of Art


Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast

February 7 to April 27 | Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries

February 7 through April 27, 2014

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 explores 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. Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 is the third in a series of exhibitions organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York with Ellen Taubman as guest curator.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 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.

Thursday, February 6, 6:30 p.m.: Preview reception for Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3: Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast. Native ceremonial opening by the Wisconsin Dells Singers, live music, refreshments and a cash bar.

Thursday, February 20, 3:30–7:45 p.m.: Symposium: “The Art World, the Academy, and Contemporary 
Native Art: Seeing  Without Reservation.” Native artists John Hitchcock, Tom Jones, Truman Lowe, and Wanesia Misquadace, UW-Madison; and art historian and catalogue essayist Jo Ortel of Beloit College will speak. Chazen Auditorium

Saturday, February 22, 12:00–3:30 p.m.: ART• SPIN Community Day Experience Native American Pow Wow Dancing performed live. Featured performers will engage the audience in a variety of styles of dance and teach the history, technique and significance of modern pow-wow dancing. Native craftsman will also construct a traditional Pow Wow drum on site. Special tours of the Exhibition will also be available. Audience members of all ages are welcome and should be prepared to learn, laugh and participate in the fun, interactive afternoon.

Thursday, March 13, 4:30 p.m.: Talk and Print Viewing: “Convergence: Indigenous Perspectives in Global 
Contexts.” Native artist and UW–Madison art professor John Hitchcock will talk and present examples from print portfolios he has curated. Chazen Museum of Art, Prints and Drawings Study. Space is limited; call 
the Chazen, 608-263-2246 to pre-register.

Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m.: Bridge Poetry Series, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservations 3 Contemporary 
Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast. Invited Wisconsin poets will read works inspired 
by the exhibition. Mead Witter Lobby

Saturday, March 29, 12–3 p.m.: ART•SPIN Community Celebration A Chazen ART•SPIN Community Celebration – featuring live performances by local Native American musicians, hands-on activities, and exhibition tours. Schedule will be available at ART•SPIN events are presented for the Madison community with support from area businesses and organizations.

Thursday, April 10, 4:30 p.m.: Four Lakes Cultural Landscape Walking Tour. Aaron Bird Bear, American Indian Curriculum Services, UW-Madison School of Education, tour leader. On this hike Aaron Bird Bear will explore the revolving relationship between Indians and non-Indians in the development of campus buildings and landmarks over time. Participants are invited to view the exhibition Changing Hands: Art Without 
Reservation 3 before the tour.

Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m.: Short videos and films curated for Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3: “A Future Past.” Wanda Nanibush, curator, writer, and media artist, selected  these nine videos (2010 and 2011) to introduce artists working in short and experimental traditions. Their videos use the future to re-examine the past.

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The exhibition is 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.

Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council, the Brittingham Fund, and by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

IMAGE ABOVE: Carla Hemlock (b. 1961), Tribute to the Mohawk Ironworkers, 2008, Cotton cloth, glass beads, sequins, cotton/nylon threads, 49 3/4 x 62 3/8 in. Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

EXHIBITIONS PAGE THUMBNAIL: Floyd Kuptana, (b. 1964), Bear-Man Shaman Mask, 2011, Brazilian soapstone, metal, antler, 34 x 19 x 10 in. Courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario

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