Virtual Exhibition Launches September 3, 2020

In celebration of the launch of the new virtual exhibition, Indigenous History & Art at Good Little Water Place, join artist Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock) and curator Gwen Saul (New York State Museum) for a conversation about the provocative insights Indigenous art offers about history and environment, and the future of our relations to both.

Event Date: September 3, 2020 (via Zoom)
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

About the Exhibition

Long Island is Indigenous land and always has been. Despite nearly 400 years of attempts to erase and subdue the connections between its people and the land, Indigenous peoples continue to honor, practice, and assert kinship to place and each other. Indigenous History and Art at Good Little Water Place is an exhibition highlighting the nuances and significance of enduring relationships between peoples, land, wildlife, and water. Artwork from nine contemporary Indigenous artists centers the exhibit, offering an inquisitive look at the history and on-going relations between Indigenous people and land, and reminding viewers of the responsibility we all share to know our common histories with each other and the impact on our connections to place. How do we make sense of a disordered past that seeps into the everyday dismissal of Indigenous presence on Indigenous lands? How do Indigenous artists conceptualize a canon of art specific to Long Island, spanning over 10,000 years of expression through clay, shell, and paint?

Featuring objects from the collections of New York State Museum, Preservation Long Island, and the Southold Indian Museum. 

Indigenous History & Art at Good Little Water Place is curated by Jeremy Dennis, artist, Shinnecock Indian Nation, and Dr. Gwendolyn Saul, Curator of Ethnography, New York State Museum. Organized by Preservation Long Island with support from the New York State Museum and sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant. 


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