On View August 19 through November 19, 2021
What is inspiration? What does it feel like when you’ve found it? Whether it’s an unassuming moment, a vision, a musical sound, or the encouragement of a teacher, inspiration creates a connection. Haudenosaunee art continuously illustrates relationship—to lands, to kin and community, plants, histories, and planning for 7 generations into the future. The artists in this exhibit each contribute to our understanding of inspiration—as joy, liberation, resilience, and tenacity, among other motivations.
Behind each artwork in this show is a story about inspiration for the artist’s creation: representation of history, song and dance, the natural world, community mentors, and a vision for the future. In the current moment, as we find new ways to live and reunite with once familiar routines, I invite you to be inspired by the humanity, the ferocity, and the beauty offered up in each artwork. What will inspire you? How will you sustain that connection?
Curated by Gwendolyn Saul, PhD, Curator of Ethnography and Ethnology, these works are on loan from the New York State Museum, Albany.
Join Gwendolyn Saul, PhD, guest curator of the exhibition Each One, Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art Across the Homelands, for a curator’s tour of the newly installed exhibition.
Each One, Inspired exhibition curator Gwendolyn Saul, PhD will join exhibiting artist Hayden Haynes (Seneca) for a discussion on the art of antler carving, how Hayden became interested in this medium, and what inspires his work.
Hayden Haynes is a Seneca artist from the Cattaraugus Reservation. He has been carving antlers for over 10 years. Hayden Haynes creates unique antler works ranging from earrings, beads and necklaces to large carvings. He enjoys working with antlers because it gives the antlers of animals that have passed a new life. His aim is to advance the art of antler carving to new and innovative heights. The artist strives to create one of a kind, highly detailed works with meanings rooted in his Iroquois culture. He is currently collaborating on an art project that will become a traveling exhibit, created entirely by Haudenosaunee people, addressing the history of boarding schools and more specifically, the Thomas Indian School that once operated on Seneca lands.
Join the Art Museum for a reception celebrating the fall exhibitions Each One, Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art Across the Homelands, Richard Koppe: American Painting and the New Bauhaus, and the inaugural Art Wall Project featuring contemporary artist Ivan Forde.
Each One, Inspired exhibiting artist Ronnie-Leigh Goeman (Onondaga) will offer a lunchtime lecture about her artwork on display, as well as show examples of her other basketry work and discuss the various materials including samples of the tree and grass used.
Each One, Inspired artist Grant Wade Johnson presents on Tuscarora beadwork history and Niagara Falls, how the beading skills are engrained in each family at Tuscarora, and how he acquired his skills as well as built a personal collection of historical works.