NYS Museum Adds Contemporary Native American Art

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Albany Cultural Education Center State Museum Archives and LibraryThe New York State Museum has announced the addition of eight new artworks to its contemporary Native American art collection. Building on an initiative launched in 1986 and now numbering more than 150 objects, the contemporary Native American art collection consists of modern artwork that speaks to issues relevant to Native American communities and all communities in New York.

The artists and their work include:

“Dreaming of Wild Foods”, Gail Tremblay (Onondaga/Micmac), basket woven with film;
“Nothing Happened #2”, Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock), digital C-print;
“Condolence Cane”, Noel Chrisjohn Benson (Oneida), carved wood and antler;
“Ageswe’gaiyo’”, Luanne Redeye (Seneca), oil on panel; and
“Treaty Calico Series”, Dawn Dark Mountain (Oneida-Wisconsin), series of four watercolor and beadwork artworks on manipulated paper.

The Contemporary Native American Art Collection is part of the State Museum’s Ethnology collection; the new artworks will contribute to future exhibitions, educational programming, and research publications.

Photos of some of the newly acquired artworks are available here.

The State Museum is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website.

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