Contemporary Iroquois Exhibition Opens March 30 at Fenimore Art Museum

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Todd Kenyon
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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Native Roots: The Ninth Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial
March 30–July 21

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, hosts the Ninth Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial: Native Roots, opening March 30. The exhibition features artwork by members of the Native Roots Artists Guild. Organized by guest curator G. Peter Jemison, Seneca artist, the exhibition will be on view through July 21.

The sixteen artists in the Native Roots exhibition include the best contemporary Iroquois artists in New York State. Members of the Native Roots Artists Guild, they seek to perpetuate and preserve traditional Haudenosaunee art forms: wood carving, basketry, beadwork, pottery, cornhusk craft, and painting.

The guild is a grassroots organization of Native American and the First Nations artists that advocates for the social, economic, and professional interests of its members. The guild educates consumers to recognize the value and importance of purchasing authentic Native-made art. It also engages youth and encourages them to participate in art programs the guild sponsors.

The Native Roots exhibition is made possible in part by Mr. Eugene V. Thaw and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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Exhibition Press Releases
Publication Date: 
March 2013