Alan Michelson is an internationally recognized New York-based artist, curator, writer, lecturer and Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. For over thirty years, he has been a leading practitioner of a socially engaged, critically aware, site-specific art grounded in local context and informed by the retrieval of suppressed histories.
Recent exhibitions include the 14th Gwangju Biennale, Enmeshed at the Tate Modern, and Greater New York 2021 at MoMA/PS1. His solo exhibition Alan Michelson: Wolf Nation was presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2019-2020.
Michelson’s work is represented in several collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
His essays have appeared in Aperture, Frieze, and October, and his work has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Art in America.
Michelson was co-founder and co-curator of the groundbreaking Indigenous New York series with the Vera List Center, which raised the visibility of contemporary Indigenous art in New York and beyond.