New Tribe: New York

January 29, 2005–April 9, 2006
New York, NY

New Tribe: New York focuses on New York-based Native artists who are part of a "new tribe." Long the capital of the art world, New York City is also home to the largest concentration of Indian people in the United States. This exhibition series presents a changing selection of works by mid-career artists who have embraced contemporary artistic forms, media, and theoretical ideas, and shows how—in the midst of the increasing internationalization of Native and contemporary art—these individuals have managed to maintain a sense of tribal or cultural identity while drawing inspiration from the phenomena and energies of contemporary, urban culture. New Tribe: New York features artists Mario Martinez (Yaqui), Spiderwoman Theater (Kuna/Rappahannock), Alan Michelson (Mohawk), and Lorenzo Clayton (Navajo). Emerging from varied Native backgrounds, these innovative creators chose a great urban center as a challenging place in which to explore new directions and connections.