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Viewpoints: Native Art + The Shinnecock Nation at The Watermill Center

September 19, 2023 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Native Art + The Shinnecock Nation
Native Art + The Shinnecock Nation

 VIEWPOINTS: Native Art + The Shinnecock Nation, a cross-generational discussion featuring Jeremy Dennis and Denise Silva – Dennis, will come to the Watermill Center on Sept. 19

VIEWPOINTS: is The Watermill Center’s year-round conversation series, granting art enthusiasts the opportunity to gather and discuss creative themes vital to the contemporary moment. Viewpoints engages with the community through intriguing dialogue, artist talks, and lectures that span across disciplines.

Denise “Weetahmoe” Silva-Dennis is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator based in the Shinnecock Nation. Silva-Dennis works primarily in acrylic for her figurative paintings and murals and is also an accomplished beadwork craftswoman. The traditional Eastern Woodland style of beadwork was handed down to her from her mother and elder women of the Shinnecock and Hassanamisco-Nipmuc Nations. Her beaded necklaces have been shown at the Louise Himelfarb Gallery and at The Studio Connection, both in Southampton, NY. Several Native American exhibitors carry an assortment of her beaded creations to Powwows throughout the Northeastern United States. Her professional achievements include the Parrish Art Museum’s Judge’s Award in the painting category, and a selection of several works for the “In Beauty It Is Begun…,” a joint exhibition for The Smithsonian and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Her son, Jeremy Dennis, is a contemporary fine art photographer, an enrolled Tribal Member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, NY, and lead artist and founder of the non-profit Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, Inc. In his work, he explores Indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation. Dennis was one of ten recipients of a 2016 Dreamstarter Grant from the national non-profit organization Running Strong for American Indian Youth for his work On This Site – Indigenous Long Island, which uses photography and an interactive online map to showcase culturally significant Native American sites on Long Island. Most recently, Dennis received the Artist to Artist Fellowship by the Art Matter Foundation. His residencies have included Yaddo (2019) and The Watermill Center (2017), where Dennis is also a Community Fellow. His work has been featured locally and beyond, including Stories—Dreams, Myths, and Experiences for The Parrish Art Museum’s RoadShow (2018).

This event is free and open to the public. It is a hybrid event that will be both live-streamed and held in-person.

39 Water Mill Towd Road
Water Mill, NY 11976 United States
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