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Action/Abstraction Redefined
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

“Action/Abstraction Redefined” features paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and works on paper from IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ 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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