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Christopher Green

Christopher Green is a writer and art historian based in the New York area whose research focuses on modern and contemporary Native American art and material culture. He currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Swarthmore College.

She Depicting Her: A Woman’s Perspective
Eleanor Adam, Janet A. Cook, Liz Adams-Jones, Leah Lopez, and Orly Shiv

A so-called “branded feminism” is appearing in the art and commercial worlds at large, a slick gloss that co-opts feminist rhetoric to largely patriarchal and neoliberal capitalist ends.


I was lucky enough to see Meryl McMaster’s photographic series In-Between Worlds at Toronto’s CONTACT Photography Festival in 2013. McMaster, a young breakout artist of Plains Cree, British, and Dutch heritage, and a member of the Siksika Nation, has most often taken questions of historical and tribal identity as her subject, particularly in relation to her own mixed heritage.

Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking

Printmaking has a long and important history in modern Native American art. The printing press was a place to express one’s culture and heritage while dispelling the notion that Native art was anything but modern.

2015 Triennial: Surround Audience

To whom does the “I” belong? Do the disconnected status updates refer to Trecartin’s body or ours? It is equally difficult to place the body and subject amidst the digital mediation that similarly dominates his video practice.

STURTEVANT Double Trouble

A cynic might point out how convenient it is for the Museum of Modern Art to have an exhibition that essentially doubles the narrative of modern art enshrined in neighboring galleries and on the floor below.

For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw

The history of the representation of Native Americans has been, until recently, overwhelmingly one-sided. Capturing the indigenous peoples of this continent through images was the purview of the colonizer, the outsider, the anthropologists, and the government officials and painters who had the technological and material means to represent the “Indian” as they saw him.

Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains

Despite its claims, Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains does not trace the evolution of narrative art among Native nations on the Great Plains.

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky

Anishinaabe cultural theorist Gerald Vizenor coined the term “survivance,” a combination of survival and endurance, to suggest for Native Americans an active sense of presence and continuation and to renounce discourses of dominance and victimization.

Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound

Waves of light, sound, and electric current flow throughout Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound to demonstrate the vitality of Indigenous contemporary art in the digital age.

Nicholas Galanin: The Value of Sharpness: When It Falls

At Open Source Gallery, 60 white porcelain hatchets, patterned with red and blue florals, tumble end over end in a shallow arc along the length of the gallery. Suspended from the ceiling by threads of clear fishing line, they fly as if thrown.

DEMIAN DINÉYAZHI’ & R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment

Overlooking the busy port of Red Hook’s Atlantic Basin, blood-red text is pasted on the window of the third floor gallery at Pioneer Works. On one pane is the phrase: “A NATION IS A MASSACRE,” followed by: “THE DETAILS ARE GRUESOME & AMERICAN & AS PATRIOTIC AS GUN VIOLENCE & RAPE & MASS MURDER.”

“My Home is Where My Tipi Sits” (2011)

The taxonomic nature of the series evokes the specter of anthropological specimen sampling and natural science modalities through which Native peoples have historically been studied. But Red Star’s straight images of vernacular reservation architecture and materiality create a portrait of life on the rez that counters romanticization with a touch of grounded humor.


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