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Shinnecock Speaks | Exhibition at Ma’s House



Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, Inc. is thrilled to present “Shinnecock Speaks,” an extraordinary exhibition that amplifies the rich cultural heritage and contemporary expressions of the Shinnecock Indian Nation. This groundbreaking showcase underscores our commitment to promoting Indigenous art, fostering collaboration, and championing diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion within the arts.


For over ten thousand years, the Shinnecock people have left an indelible mark on the lands they call home. Their narratives are woven through intricate wampum beadwork, evocative pottery designs, and wood sculptures. As Shinnecock artist Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet eloquently states, “Some people inherit money and wealth; not everybody inherits culture. And it’s a real privilege to have Shinnecock be an inheritance.” This exhibition serves as a powerful testament to the enduring artistry and resilience of a nation that has weathered centuries of adversity while preserving its cultural identity and artistic traditions.


The exhibit features twenty-seven contemporary Shinnecock artists including; Charles Cause, Jeremy Dennis, Kelly Dennis, Denise Silva-Dennis, Djelle George, Sunshine Gumbs, Durrell Hunter, Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet, David Bunn Martine, Tracey Pace, Herbert Randall, Heather Rogers, Madeline Rogers, Rosemary Rogers, Miles Roe, Andrina Smith, Gloria Smith, Celeste Syas, Tohanash Tarrant, Waban Tarrant, Adrienne Terry, Ed Terry, Rachel Valdez-Castillo, Christian Weaver, Rebekah Phoenix Wise, Gianni Willis, & Gordell Wright


By centering the voices of Shinnecock artists, we aim to challenge stereotypes and transcend the boundaries that have historically marginalized Indigenous perspectives within the art world. From the intricate wampum beadwork of Gordell Wright to the thought-provoking historical representations of Denise Silva-Dennis and David Bunn Martine, this exhibition showcases the diverse narratives and artistic expressions that have shaped the Shinnecock Nation’s cultural legacy.


Collaboration and community engagement are at the heart of this endeavor. We have worked closely with Shinnecock artists and elders to create a space that honors their stories, traditions, and aspirations. By fostering a dialogue between artists, community members, and visitors, we aim to create a transformative experience that transcends traditional exhibition spaces. Workshops demonstrating the expertise and artistic excellence of the featured Shinnecock artists will occur throughout the exhibit.


Join Ma's House as they celebrate the resilience, creativity, and cultural significance of the Shinnecock Nation. Shinnecock Speaks is on view from July 7 – September 7, 2024, by appointment with an opening reception Sunday, July 8th, 5:30 -7:30 pm.


 

Shinnecock Speaks is curated by Shinnecock artist and Ma’s House Lead Artist Jeremy Dennis.

 

Shinnecock Speaks is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The Terra Foundation for American Art, established in 1978 and having offices in Chicago and Paris, supports organizations and individuals locally and globally with the aim of fostering intercultural dialogues and encouraging transformative practices that expand narratives of American art, through the foundation’s grant program, collection, and initiatives.

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