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Photo: Rikki Van Camp. Photo courtesy of G. Peter Jemison

ART Is the Agent of Change

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Gartner Auditorium

About The Event

Free; ticket required

Join G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan)—esteemed artist, author, curator, educator, and filmmaker—for a lecture on his wide-ranging career given in conjunction with the museum’s new Indigenous Peoples and Land Acknowledgment. Jemison, an authority on Haudenosaunee history, is a self-described “culture worker” and builds bridges to broad audiences by improving understanding of Seneca traditions and history. The Haudenosaunee [hoe-deh-no-show-knee] or Iroquois Confederacy comprises six nations; among them are the Seneca and Cayuga, who are recognized in the acknowledgment.  

During Jemison’s decades-long career, his paintings, videos, and mixed-media works have explored a variety of topics, ranging from contemporary political and social commentary to reflections on human relationships with the natural world. Widely shown and collected, his work is rooted in the framework of Native American art and embodies orenda, the traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) belief that every living thing and part of creation contains a spiritual force.


All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, David and Robin Gunning, Dieter and Susan M. Kaesgen, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Gail C. and Elliott L. Schlang, Shurtape Technologies, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by Gini and Randy Barbato, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, Robin Heiser, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, the late Marta and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

    Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.