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Nicholas Galanin Land Swipe, 2019, acrylic on deer hide, 44 x 36 inches (111.8 x 91.4 cm)

A Message from the Editor

Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day, a holiday that serves as a widespread celebration of Native American peoples and histories that continue to shape the U.S. today. In a memorable 2019 exhibition at Peter Blum Gallery in New York, artist Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax) showed a work titled Land Swipe, which speaks to such themes in the form of a deer hide painted with a map of Manhattan underground transit patterns and green spaces meant to indicate what were once Indigenous trade routes. Speaking to my colleague Andy Battaglia, Galanin said the work is meant to acknowledge "the simple fact that objects often were removed from communities forcefully or through theft." They're words worth remembering today.

— Alex Greenberger, Senior Editor

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