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Solo Exhibitions
2013

TwoRow II by Alan Michelson, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada (link to website)

2012

Alan Michelson: Eaglehawk, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (link to website)

2005

New Tribe: New York, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, New York, NY (catalog) (link to website)

2004

NATIVity, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario (catalog)

2000

Alan Michelson, Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, OH

1999

Ganohonyohk, Art in General, New York, NY (brochure)

Oneonta, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

1993

Cult of Memory, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY

1990

At Sea, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016

The Art of American Indian Dance, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

2015

Weaving Past Into Present: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking, , International Print Center New York, New York, NY (link to website)

2013

5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (link to website)

Ghost Dance: Activism, Resistance, Art, Ryerson Image Center, Toronto, Canada (link to website)

Sakahàn: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art, National Gallery Of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (link to website)

2012

18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations, Sydney, Australia (catalog) (link to website)

A Stake in the Ground, Art Mur, Montréal, Canada

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY [Touring Exhibition] (catalog) (link to website)

Home on Native Land, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Bell Lightbox HSBC Gallery, Toronto, Canada (link to website)

We are Here! Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship Exhibition, National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY [Touring Exhibition] (catalog) (link to website)

2011

Stop(the)gap: International Indigenous art in motion, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum, Adelaide, Australia, presented in partnership with the 2011 Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival (link to website)

2010

The Sixth Borough, No Longer Empty, Governors Island, New York, NY (link to website)

Not a Place, An Outlook, No Longer Empty Film Series, Governors Island, New York, NY

Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

2009

Lives of the Hudson, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (catalog) (link to website)

The Muhheakantuck in Focus, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Riverdale, NY (catalog)

Aesthetics of Crossing, Van Alen Institute, New York, NY

2008

Into the Trees, The Fields Sculpture Park, Art Omi International, Ghent, NY

2007

Atlas Americas, Oi Futuro Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (catalog)

Thoreau Reconsidered, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)

Oh So Iroquois, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada (catalog)

Shapeshifters, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (catalog)

2006

PAUMANOK, Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, NY

Voyage, Permanent collection installation, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

2005

The American West, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK (catalog)

2004

Birdspace, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA (catalog

FLOCK, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture, Artrain USA (touring)

2003

Imaging the River, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

Lebensorte—Kunstraume, Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany (catalog)

2002

8th Native American Fine Art Invitational, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ (catalog)

Alan Michelson, Phil Young, Kay WalkingStick: Recent Work, Yager Museum, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

2001

Crossing the Line, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY (catalog)

Crosscurrents 2001, Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2000

Who stole the teepee?, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, New York, NY

1999

Building Histories, Apex Art, New York, NY

1998

Keeping Track of the Joneses, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

1997

Days of Invention, AICH Gallery, New York, NY

Made in New York, Institute of American Indian Art Museum, Santa Fe, NM

1996

Red River Crossings, Swiss Institute, New York, NY (catalog)

1994

Timepieces, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY/Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY

1993

Trade Routes, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

For the Seventh Generation, Art in General, New York, NY (catalog)

1992

Edge 92 Biennial, Madrid, Spain/London, UK (catalog)

1991

SITEseeing: Travel and Tourism in Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalog)

1988

Re-Visions, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada (catalog)

1987

We the People, Artists Space, New York, NY (catalog)

Art on the Beach, Creative Time, New York, NY

1986

Three Young Artists in Boston, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

Grants and Awards
2012

Creative Change 2012 Retreat Invited Artist, Sundance, UT

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Professional Production Award

2011

Native Arts and Culture Foundation Artist Fellowship (link to website)

Invited Artist/Fellow, Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art (link to website)

2010

2010 GSA Design Excellence Award, Citation in Art, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, DC (link to website)

Americans for the Arts 2010 Public Art Year in Review (link to website)

Rhode Island School of Design PTFA Technical Fund Grant

2004

New York Community Trust, $20,000 Visual Artist Grant

2003

Peter S. Reed Foundation, Inc. Grant

Artist’s Residency, Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt, Germany

Artist’s Residency, Woodland Cultural Centre, Ontario, Canada

2002

Rhode Island School of Design Professional Development Fund Grant

1999

Artist-in-Residence, Art in General, New York, NY

Foreman Institute Fellowship, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

1994

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Visual Arts Residency, Pyramid Atlantic/Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, University of the Arts

1990

NYSCA Visual Artist Sponsored Work Award/Public Art Fund, Inc.

1989

Artist-in-Residence, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, NY

1988

National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship

Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant

1987

Center Award, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

Selected Publications
2015

Green, Christopher. “Weaving Past into Present: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking”, The Brooklyn Rail, November 5, 2015 (link to article)

2015

Watson, Mark. “Unsettled borders and memories: a “local” indigenous perspective on contemporary globalization”, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Vol. 7 (link to article)

2014

Berlo, Janet Catherine, and Ruth B. Phillips. Native North American Art, Second Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014

2013

Tabobondung, Rebeka. “Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art.”, Muskrat Magazine, October 29, 2013 (link to article)

Johnston, Alex. “Aboriginal Activist Art”, Prezi, October 23, 2013 (link to article)

Whyte, Murray. “Ghost Dance at Ryerson Image Centre: outrage for the past; hope for the future”, Toronto Star, October 12, 2013 (link to article)

Nahwegahbow, Barb. “Ghost Dance explores the artist as activist”, Windspeaker, Volume 31, Issue 7, 2013 (link to article)

Sopova, Alexandra. “Moscow Art Biennale offers a model for the world”, Russia Beyond the Headlines, September 20, 2013 (link to article)

Golubock, D. Garrison. “5th Biennale Opens Main Exhibit ‘More Light’”, The Moscow Times, September 20, 2013 (link to article)

2012

Horton, Jessica. “Eighteenth Biennale of Sydney”, Artvoices Magazine, October 2012 (link to article)

Green, Kristen. “Tribute to Va. Indians narrowed to 2 designs”, Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 23, 2012 (link to article)

Sullivan, Eve. “Biennale of Sydney: a pleasure bender for art hooligans”, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Blog, August 14, 2012 (link to article)

Rosenbaum, Lee. “Native, North American, New”, Wall Street Journal (Arts and Leisure), August 7, 2012 (link to article)

Radok, Stephanie. “All our relations”, The Adelaide Review, August 2012

Vitlin, Alex. “The 18th Biennale of Sydney: Contemporary art takes over the Harbor City”, Cool Hunting, July 11, 2012 (link to article)

Miller, Alan. “Altogether Now: the 18th Biennale of Sydney”, The Berkshire Review: an international journal for the arts, July 8, 2012 (link to article)

Daly-Peoples, John. “More from the Biennale of Sydney”, The National Business Review: Weekend Review (NZ) (link to article)

Dixon, Guy. “Toronto festival spotlights an indigenous new wave that’s ‘starting to crest’”, Toronto Globe and Mail, June 24, 2012 (link to article)

Roth, Moira. “Gleanings 18: Alan Michelson”, Moira Roth’s Gleanings on Tumblr (18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations), May 23, 2012 (link to website)

Pohl, Frances K. Framing America: A Social History of American Art (Third Edition), Thames & Hudson

Keating, Neal B. Iroquois Art, Power, and History, University of Oklahoma
Press

2011

Phillips, Ruth B. “From Harmony to Antiphony: The Indigenous Presence in a (Future) Portrait Gallery of Canada”, in Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums. McGill-Queens University Press, 2011

Morris, Kate. “Running the Medicine Line: Images of the Border in Contemporary Native American Art”, American Indian Quarterly, volume 35, number 4, Fall 2011

L’Hirondelle, Leanne. “Alan Michelson”, Vision Project. Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (link to article)

Rickard, Jolene. “Visualizing Sovereignty in the Time of Biometric Sensors”, South Atlantic Journal. Spring 2011

Redwood, Tom. “Indigenous media art: complex visions”, RealTime issue #102, April-May 2011

Denis, Marie-Alice. “GSA Honors 11 Winners With Design Awards”, U.S. General Services Administration (link to article)

2010

Hegert, Natalie. “In Another World”, ARTslant New York, June 19, 2010 (link to article)

Heartney, Eleanor. “Alan Michelson: Third Bank of the River”, U.S. General Services Administration Art in Architecture brochure

2009

Morris, Kate. “Art on the River: Alan Michelson Highlights Border-Crossing Issues”, Smithsonian Institution American Indian Magazine, Winter 2009 (link to article)

Blue Spruce, Duane, and Tanya Thrasher (eds.), The Land Has Memory: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC

2008

Heartney, Eleanor. GSA Art in Architecture Selected Artworks 1997-2008, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, DC (link to PDF)

Everett, Deborah, and Elayne Zorn (eds.). Encyclopedia of Native American Artists, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT

Doan, Abigail. “Omi International Art Center Grows Greener”, Inhabit.com, November 22, 2008

2007

Everett, Deborah. “Light on Shadowed Ground: Alan Michelson”, Sculpture Magazine, May 2007

Chamberlain, Colby. “‘Thoreau Revisited’ and ‘Three for Society’”, Artforum.com

Milroy, Sarah. “A new look at our entangled worlds”, Toronto Globe and Mail, October 6, 2007

2005

Ash-Milby, Kathleen E. “Contemporary Native American Art in the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Legacy”, European Review of Native American Studies, 19:1, 2005

2004

McLellan, Marian. “The Birds”, New Orleans Art Review, March/April 2004

2003

Zimmer, William. “Out of the Water, Inspiration”, New York Times, December 28, 2003

Schutte, Christoph. “Geschichte ist oft sehr schmerhaft”, Frankfurter Allegemeine, June 7, 2003

Fisher, Jean. Vampires in the Text: Narratives of Contemporary Art, Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK

2002

Pinder, Kymberly N. (ed.), Race-ing Art History: Critical Readings in Race and Art History, Routledge, New York, NY

1999

Wallis, Brian (ed.), Art Matters: how the culture wars changed America, NYU Press, New York, NY

Cotter, Holland. “Art in Review; ‘Building Histories’”, New York Times, November 5, 1999

1998

Lustig, Jessica (ed.), “Takeout: Art”, TimeOut New York, March 19-26, 1998

Gould, Claudia, and Valerie Smith (eds.), 5000 Artists Return to Artists Space: 25 Years, Artists Space, New York, NY

1996

Camhi, Leslie. “Accounts Paid”, Village Voice, December 17, 1996

Cotter, Holland. “Red River Crossings”, New York Times, November 29, 1996

1994

Harrison, Helen. “Messages Communicated by the Detritus”, New York Times, October 30, 1994

1993

Canning, S. “Trade Routes”, New Art Examiner, December 1993

1992

Fisher, Jean. “In Search of the ‘Inauthentic’”, Art Journal, Fall 1992

Tarkington, Melissa, “Art Signs Challenge ‘History’”, New York Newsday, June 26, 1992

1990

Zimmer, William. “Everyday Expectations With a Twist”, New York Times, December 23, 1990

Kahn, Eve. “Strata”, The New Yorker, October 22, 1990

1988

Morgan, Marie. “Re-Visions”, Vanguard, April/May 1988

1987

Lippard, Lucy R. “Holding a mirror up to America”, The Guardian, December 16, 1987

Bauld, Harold. “Painters and Patrons”, Boston Magazine, September 1987

1986

Narrett, Eugene. “Three Young Artists”, New Art Examiner, November 1986

Temin, Christine. “’Three Young Artists’ truly a stellar show”, Boston Globe, September 13, 1986

Essays/Artist‘s Book
2006

Michelson, Alan. “Failure to Launch”, Vision, Space, Desire: Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and New York, NY

2001

Michelson, Alan, “Lost Tribe”, Children of the Dragonfly (ed. Robert Bensen), University of Arizona Press, Tuscon, AZ

1994

Michelson, Alan. The Conspiracy of Pontiac, Pyramid Atlantic/Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Education

BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, 1981
Columbia College, New York, NY

Teaching
2012

Parsons The New School, New York, NY
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Course: “Site and Context”

2011-2012

Purchase College, School of Art + Design, Purchase, NY
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Courses: “Collage”; “Advanced Painting”

2010-2011

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Academic Sabbatical

2003-2010

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Senior Critic, Division of Foundation Studies
Courses: “Studio: Design I and II”

2001-2003

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Part-time Faculty, Painting Department

Courses: “Painting III”; “Graduate Student Independent Study”;
“Re: Place”

2000

Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art and Art History
Undergraduate Advisor Faculty Advisor to “Untitled” Student Art Club
Courses: “Oil Painting I”; “Drawing and Two-Dimensional Design”

Professional Affiliations and Activities
2013

ArtsLink Projects selection panelist, CEC ArtsLink

2012

Invited Artist, Creative Change 2012 Retreat, Sundance, UT

Jury panelist for Shortlisting Event, 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative for Fresh Kills Park, New York, NY

2011

ArtsLink Projects selection panelist, CEC ArtsLink

2009

ArtsLink Projects selection panelist, CEC ArtsLink

2005

Invited Artist, “Vision, Space, Desire: Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity”, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Venice Symposium, Venice, Italy

2003

Co-Chair, CAA Annual Conference Studio Art Open Session, “Curator as Collaborator”, New York, NY

2002

NYFA Prize panelist, New York Foundation for the Arts

1999-2003

Artists’ Advisory Committee: Sculpture, New York Foundation for the Arts

1999-2000

Artists’ Advisory Board, Art in General

1998-1999

Visiting Artist/Writer, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

1999

Sculpture panelist, New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship Program

Artist-in-Residence Program panel reviewer, National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustave Heye Center, New York, NY

Lectures and Panels
2015

Embassy, Performa 15, New York, NY, November 7, 2015

Artist’s talk, International Print Center New York, New York, NY, November 7, 2015

2013

Artist’s Talk, Ryerson Image Centre, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, November 13, 2013

Indigenous. Global, Now AThe Sakahan Symposium, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, May 17, 2013 (link to video)

Artist’s Lecture, Hartwick College, April 11, 2013

2012

Sydney Biennial Artist Talk, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia

Sydney Biennial Symposium, Panel: In Finite Blue Planet. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia (link to website)

Otsego Institute Invited Artist Public Talk, Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown, NY (link to website)

Otsego Institute Seminar Lecture, Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown, New York, NY

AMT Visiting Artist Lecture: Alan Michelson, Parsons The New School, New York, NY

2011

Art Forum Lecture: Alan Michelson, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ (link to website)

“Indigenuity”, keynote lecture, “Indigeneity and the Arts: Visual Culture and Communication”, 3rd Native Studies Research Network, UK conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK (link to website)

“Where art worlds meet: A conversation with Indigenous Hawaiian, Native American, and Aboriginal artists”, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC (link to video)

2009

Artist’s Talk, Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY

2008

“Contemporary Native Art: Museums and the Public Realm” Panel, American Friends of the Arts Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA

2006

“Fresh Approaches to the Iroquois Experience”, Conference on New York State History Panel, Columbia University, New York, NY

“Contemporary Native American Art of the Northeast” Panel, College Art Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA

“Multiple Modernities” Panel, Columbia University, New York, NY

2005

Artist’s Talk, National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustave Heye Center, New York, NY

2004

Visiting Artist Lecture, Smith College, Northampton, MA

2003

“Native American Art and Spiritual Aesthetics?”, Artists Talk on Art, New York, NY

Artist’s Lecture, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2002

Visiting Artist Lecture, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Visiting Artist Lecture, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

2000

Visiting Artist Lecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Visiting Artist Lecture, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH

1999

Foreman Institute Fellow Lecture, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

1998

Visiting Artist Lecture, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

1997

Artist’s Talk, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY

1996

“Red River Crossings” Panel, Swiss Institute, New York, NY

1995

“Intertextual Strategies” Panel, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

1994

Visiting Artist Lecture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1993

Artist’s Talk, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

“History/Memory” Panel, SUNY Old Westbury, New York, NY

1992

College Art Association Annual Conference Panel, “The Silent Message of the Museum”, Chair: Fred Wilson, Chicago, IL

1991

“Rediscovering Columbus” Panel, South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY

1990

“Sculptors Addressing Our Changing Ecosystem” Panel, International Sculpture Center, Washington, DC

1989

Artist-in-Residence Lecture, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York, NY

1988

“Re-Visions” Panel, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada

Public Art
2013

Finalist, Arthur Kill Station project, MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design

2012

Mantle, permanent public art commission for the grounds of the state capitol, Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission, Richmond, VA (link to website)

2009

Third Bank of the River, Art in Architecture Program, U.S. General Services Administration, permanent public art commission for the U.S. Port of Entry (Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects), Massena, NY (link to website)

1992

REPOhistory--The Lower Manhattan Sign Project, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY (catalog)

1990

Earth’s Eye, Public Art Fund, New York, NY

Collections

National Gallery of Canada

National Museum of the American Indian

Woodland Cultural Centre

Heard Museum

Boston Trade Bank

Rhode Island School of Design Library

Chicago Art Institute

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum

New York Public Library

Wellington Management Company, LLP

Interviews
2013

Indigenous. Global, Now. The Sakahan Symposium, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, May 17, 2013 (link to video)

2011

University of Southern Australia, Stop(the)gap: International Indigenous Art in Motion (link to video)

“Awaye!” Program, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio National, March 19, 2011 (link to audio)

“Indigenous art with Alan Michelson”, US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, March 3, 2011 (link to video)

2009

Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Avis Berman interviewer

Tang Museum, “Lives of the Hudson”, Director John Weber interviewer

2008

Jim Metzner’s “Sound and Story Project”, Storyscape radio program

2005

Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics featured interview, Raquel Chapa interviewer (link to video)

2004

“Six O’Clock News”, CKCO, Kitchener, Ontario

2003

“Hauptsache Kultur”, Hessicher Rundfunk, German TV

2001

“Art Zone”, BBC Radio

1997

“City Arts”, Thirteen WNET

1996

“Sunday Morning”, CBC Radio

1993

“L’Atelier”, FR3, French TV

1992

“Seventh Generation: What Columbus Learned”, WSKG Public Television

“Kultur Revecz”, Hungarian National Television