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As Christie's in London shows Native American and folk art from the American Museum in Britain (to 27 Jan), two other shows in the capital provide interesting sidelines. Jimmie Durham's show at the ICA highlights his Cherokee Indian heritage, but in her exhibition entitled Herd Instinct at the Centre 181 Gallery in Hammersmith, Linda Hack looks at the subject from a different perspective. 'My grandparents were pioneers who homesteaded Cherokee land,' says the artist, whose materials include buffalo horns, stetsons and the Stars and Stripes.

Another heritage comes under scrutiny in Wales this week as the new Museum of Modern Art opens in Machynlleth. Fine examples of work by Augustus John, Wyndham-Lewis and lesser-known modern artists with Welsh connections will be on display.

Works by another artist with Welsh associations, John Piper, go on view at three venues this month. CCA Galleries in London is showing typical oils on paper, prints and tapestries, while Waddingtons has some interesting earlier works from the artist's studio. Most interesting, though, is the exhibition that opens (floods permitting) at Pallant House in Chichester on 22 January. It will include sketches for the great Chichester Cathedral tapestry, bequeathed by the artist's widow, Myfanwy.

Tickets are still available for next Tuesday's charity gala preview of Art 94, the annual contemporary art jamboree at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. In aid of the British Lung Foundation, it will be attended by exhibiting artists and celebrities. pounds 15 each ( pounds 25 double) from 071-371 7704.