The St. Lawrence University Richard F. Brush Art Gallery will present an exhibition showcasing the artwork of 53 contemporary artworks by Haudenosaunee artists from all six Haudenosaunee Nations beginning Monday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Dec. 10.
Featured Image: Carrie Hill, Akwesasne Mohawk, Untitled, woven basket, 2018
Collectively, the artworks in the exhibition break convention by challenging the expected, disrupting stereotypes and non-native historical narratives. As the artists and their works demonstrate, the continuous trajectory of Haudenosaunee art has been in existence since long before 1607 and the arrival of Europeans. What does a canon of Haudenosaunee art look like? Each One Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art across the Homelands will give visitors a sense of the dynamic, loud, punchy, glittering, somber, and intricate ways Haudenosaunee artists respond to, react to, and draw inspiration from their communities and histories; in doing so, the exhibition asks visitors to question their own relationships to Indigenous histories, peoples, and lands.
"In 1996, the New York State Museum initiated an effort to begin collecting contemporary Haudenosaunee art on an annual basis. Originally named the “Governor’s Collection,” the effort has continued to grow and develop into its present status as the Museum’s Contemporary Native Art Collection consisting of over 150 original artworks by artists whose ancestral lands lie within what is now New York State. The majority of artwork featured in the exhibition is drawn from art acquisitions made over the past six years." –Gwendolyn Saul, Ph.D., curator of ethnography at the New York State Museum
Artist Lectures Presented in Conjunction with the Exhibition
- Niio Perkins (Akwesasne Mohawk), Monday, October 17
- Grant Wade Jonathan (Tuscarora), Monday, October 24
- Carrie Hill (Akwesasne Mohawk), Monday, November 14
- Dave Fadden (Akwesasne Mohawk), Monday, December 5