NYSM Contemporary Indigenous Artwork & Ethnology Collections on Loan

Artwork from the Contemporary Indigenous Art Collection and Ethnography Collections at the New York State Museum continues to be sought after for inclusion in art exhibits across New York. In 2023 artwork from the collection contributed to three artists’ retrospective shows and a major exhibition at the New-York Historical Society.

Review the information below to discover when and where you can view the featured artwork in person. 

Artwork by Courtney Leonard (Shinnecock)

Location: Heckscher Museum of Art - Huntington, NY
Exhibition: Courtney M. Leonard: Logbook 2004–2023
On view: June 10–November 12, 2023
Learn more: https://www.heckscher.org/exhibitions/courtney-m-leonard/

Courtney Leonard (Shinnecock)
Matcik Way, 2005
Coiled, glazed ceramic
New York State Museum, E-2009.02 

Artwork by Shelley Niro (Mohawk, Six Nations)

Location: National Museum of the American Indian - New York City, NY
Exhibition: Shelley Niro: 500 Year Itch
On view: May 27, 2023–January 1, 2024
Learn more: https://americanindian.si.edu/explore/exhibitions/item?id=992

Shelley Niro (Mohawk, Six Nations)
Surrender Nothing Always, 2004
Photograph on canvas
New York State Museum, E-2017.62

Artwork by Peter B. Jones (Onondaga)

Location: Syracuse University Art Museum - Syracuse, NY
Exhibition: Continuity, Innovation, and Resistance: The Art of Peter B. Jones
On view: August 24–December 15, 2023. 
Learn more: https://museum.syr.edu/exhibition/current/

Peter Jones (Onondaga)
Winter’s Stories, 1996  
Wolf Clan Singer, 1999–2000
New York State Museum, E-A96.1.23 and E-2000.10.01  

Textile and Beadwork by Gahano, Caroline Parker (Tonawanda Seneca)

Location: New-York Historical Society - New York City, NY
Exhibition: Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West
On view: September 22, 2023–February 25, 2024
Learn more: https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/acts-of-faith-religion-and-the-ame...  

Gahano, Caroline Parker (Tonawanda Seneca)
Beaded skirt, c. 1840s
Wool, glass beads
New York State Museum, E-36664