Artists from the exhibition, Women of Sweetgrass, Cedar and Sage, friends and community members outside the American Indian Community House Gallery, 1985. Photo by Jesse Cooday. Courtesy of MCNY
In honor of the 50th anniversary of New York’s American Indian Community House on the Lower East Side, the Museum of the City of New York’s newest exhibit, “Urban Indian: Native New York Now” will feature contemporary art, documentary film, and community memorabilia from Native American New Yorkers. While New York’s Mohawk community is famous for having helped build many of New York’s most iconic buildings, the Native American community in NYC is exceptionally diverse (the American Indian Community House counts 72 different tribal affiliations amongst its members.) Accordingly, the exhibit puts “shared authority, self-representation and collaboration” at its center.