G PETER JEMISON Native American WINTER DANCE Woodcut Raven Bird Print


Winter Dance 1998 by G. Peter Jemison

- Native American Artist
- Comes w/ flyer of accompanying poem from Memorial Art Gallery
- Signed and Numbered #75/100
- Measurements : 14 x 12 3/4 (sheet), 10 x 9.5 (woodcut print)

As found on MOMA:

G. Peter Jemison—an artist, curator, historian, and educator—is a foundational figure in the art history of New York City, and especially its communities of Native artists. A member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation, Jemison first moved to New York in the late 1960s and served as the inaugural curator of the American Indian Community House Gallery from 1978 to 1985, where he was instrumental in fostering a vibrant scene of contemporary Native art. At the same time, he was a practicing artist himself, creating works ranging from drawings on paper bags to collages and sculptures. A selection of these, dating from the 1970s to present day, are featured in Greater New York 2021, on view through April 18, 2022, at MoMA PS1.

Jemison’s artworks merge the texture of everyday experience and the long sweep of history: through stories of family and friends, we also learn those of the Haudenosaunee confederacy; the history of the treaties (made and broken by the US government) that lie behind current borders; and key events in the American Indian Movement, such as the occupation of Wounded Knee. Jemison’s works, in his words, “fill in the blanks that have been missing.” In doing so, they raise questions around how the lessons of history can remain present, and the uneven responsibility placed on certain communities to combat the erasure of their past. In addition to embedding these histories in his artworks, Jemison is also the site manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, New York.
–Jody Graf, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1