Action | Abstraction Redefined

Action/Abstraction Redefined features paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and works on paper from MoCNA’s permanent collection created in the 1960s and 1970s. The artists in this exhibition challenged stereotypical expectations of Native American art by experimenting with American modern art movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Color Field and Hard-edge Painting combined with art influences from their own cultural heritage. Some design elements, color choices, and patterns in the works are abstract references to Native design conventions found in textiles, pottery, or hide paintings. Like all artists, those featured in this exhibition were working from their own individual experiences.

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Artist Interviews

Stories from the Artists

Native American artists who redefined the concept of abstraction by creating works informed by their own traditional aesthetics combined with art influences coming out of New York and California.

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About the Exhibition

Action/Abstraction Redefined is the first major traveling exhibition that analyzes modern Native American art, inspired by Abstract Expressionism, Color Field and Hard-edge Painting. Organized by IAIA MOCNA, supported by Art Bridges.

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This is the first exhibit catalog analyzing modern Native American art. Hard cover, 144 pages, full-color, published by the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 2018.