Each One Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art across the Homelands from the New York State Museum

beadwork sculpture, tree of peace
Samuel Thomas (Cayuga) and Lorna Hill (Cayuga), Tree of Peace, beadwork sculpture, 2007

October 17 - December 10, 2022
The Gallery will be open every day during the week of November 21, with the exception of  Thanksgiving Day, from noon to 5:00 p.m.



All lectures will be presented at 4:30 p.m. in Griffiths Arts Center Room 123.

stoneware sculpture of woman
Peter Jones (Onondaga), Winter Stories, stoneware, 1996

Composed of 53 contemporary artworks by Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artists from all six Haudenosaunee Nations across what is now New York State, the exhibition examines the multiple sources of inspiration in contemporary Haudenosaunee art, including treaties, the natural world, community and family members, ancestors, oral histories, and connection to the land. 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.

carved antler sculpture
Hayden Haynes (Seneca), Hawk, moose antler and wooden base, 2018

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


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