Native Art Department International is a collaborative long-term project created and administered by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan. It focuses on communications platforms and art world systems of support while at the same time functioning as an emancipation from identity-based artwork. It seeks to circumvent easy categorization by comprising a diverse range of activities, such as curated exhibitions, video screenings, panel talks, collective art making, and an online presence, each which contain an undercurrent of positive progress through cooperation and non-competition.
Based in Brooklyn New York, Maria Hupfield is an interdisciplinary artist from Canada, and a member of the Anishinaabek Nation at Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario. Her recent traveling solo exhibition The One Who Keeps on Giving opened the thirtieth anniversary season of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto in partnership with Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal; Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax; and Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris. She is a current BRIC Workspace Resident and working onsite for Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field, Museum of Arts and Design, New York.
Jason Lujan is originally from Marfa, Texas. His multidisciplinary work sidesteps labels of Native American identity to focus on transnational experiences and aesthetics. Lujan has recently exhibited at Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY; Curitiba Biennial, Brazil; and I Bienal Continental de Artes Indígenas Contemporáneas at the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, Mexico City, Mexico. He curates and co-organizes exhibitions, and is a board chair at the New York City arts nonprofit ABC No Rio.
Christopher Green is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written for Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic, and his articles and essays have appeared in ARTMargins, Winterthur Portfolio, and exhibition catalogues by the New Museum and the Fondation Fernet Branca. His research focuses on modern and contemporary Native American art and the pressures of the digital mode on culture and art making.