G. Peter Jemison, Artist
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.