Acknowledgment at Museum



Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ

November 21, 2015 – February 7, 2016

Curated by Erin Joyce Projects

Leading American Indian artists Marcu Amerman (Choctaw), Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), Michael Namingha (Hopi-Tewa), Steven Yazzie (Navajo), and others challenge how contemporary Native American art is presented and understood in You Are On Indian Land. Monoprints combine with assemblage sculptures and video installations to create a visual dialogue and critical perspective on native art while actively engaging the notion of pop-culture, misappropriation, and stereotypical representation through powerful and thought provoking work.

The art of Native Americans and First Nations peoples is often marginalized and thought of in stereotypical forms of representation. Oil paintings of Chiefs in war bonnets, pottery, beaded regalia and woven rugs; and while these are accurate representations of a portion of the Indigenous North American art community, it is not by any means the whole picture.


The Indigenous North American art world is one that is rich with artists creating diverse works in a myriad of mediums. With that, Erin Joyce Projects and Museum of Northern Arizona are pleased to announce their latest exhibition, You Are On Indian Land, featuring the work of leading contemporary American Indian and First Nation artists from across the North American continent including Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne), Marcus Amerman (Choctaw) and artist collective Postcommodity – comprised of Raven Chacon (Navajo), Kade L. Twist (Cherokee Nation), Cristóbal Martínez (Chicano), and Nathan Young (Pawnee, Kiowa, Delaware). These artists actively engage the notion of pop-culture, contested landscapes, misappropriation, and cultural imprisonment in their work. Utilizing pastiche, they create imbricated works that will stand-alone, but also enter into dialogue with one another in the gallery space. Works in the exhibition include assemblage sculpture, multi-channel video work, monoprints, and installation pieces.


The exhibition, curated by Erin Joyce Projects, premiered at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, New York, was later presented at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and will complete its run at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona.

There will be many public programs, including two free public lectures with the artists and tours at Museum of Northern Arizona, throughout the exhibition.

*Projectors for You Are On Indian Land at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff are provided by CCS Presentation Systems through ExchangeWorks

About Erin Joyce Projects:

Erin Joyce is an independent curator, art critic, and scholar of contemporary art. Erin is a contributing writer to Hyperallergic, art critic for Canvas Magazine, and has held editorial positions at GOOD Magazine, ULTRA:EXTRA, and Aslan Media. In addition, her writing has been featured in Salon, SHFT, NPR Art & Seek, and the Modern Art Iraq Archive. Other exhibitions she is curating in 2015 include a three-location project, You Are On Indian Land, which will feature works from leading contemporary Native American and First Nations artists such as Nicholas Galanin, Cheyenne Randall, Edgar Heap of Birds, Postcommodity, Dana Claxton, and Marcus Amerman. The exhibition will open in New York April 17th at Radiator Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe on April 23rd, and conclude its run opening in Flagstaff at the Museum of Northern Arizona November 13th.

As a curator, Erin seeks to bend the notion of how contemporary art is presented and understood. Looking both inside and outside the construct of the museum and gallery as venue for art presentation, Erin seeks to refract art through the prism of the environment and contexts in which it was created.

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