Twisted Path II: Contemporary Native American Art Informed by Tradition is an invitational contemporary art show featuring Native artists from the Northeast, including:
Rhonda Besaw, Abenaki
George Neptune, Passamaquoddy
Max Romero, Mi'kmaq & Laguna/Taos Pueblo
Leon Sockbeson, Passamaquoddy
Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot
The exhibition is co-curated by Rick Hunt, Abenaki, and Raney Bench, Curator of Education at the Abbe Museum. Rick and Raney worked together on the first Twisted Path, when they wrote these words describing the show:
Throughout North America, Native people balance the importance of tribal identity and knowledge with the demands of the non-Native communities that surround them. Art serves as one means of survival, expressing a wide range of emotions and experiences, from hopes and fears for the future, to dreams and anger about the past. Breaking away from stereotypes of Native American art and what is "traditional." the work of contemporary Native artists proves that art and culture are not static, but constantly evolving. Borrowed from traditional beadworking, the term "twisted path" is a pattern that meanders along the edge of an object. Here, it is a visual metaphor for the different paths Native American artists walk as they navigate a complex world.