Indigenous Art Is Focus Of ‘Outcropping’ At SAC - 27 East

Arts & Living

Arts & Living / 1869136

Indigenous Art Is Focus Of ‘Outcropping’ At SAC

icon 5 Photos
Jay Laxton

Jay Laxton "As Expected," 2021. Glass, 7" x 9 1/2" x 9."

Denis Silva Dennis

Denis Silva Dennis "Land Back Butter," 2021. Acrylic painting, 16" x 20."

Denise Silva-Dennis

Denise Silva-Dennis "Not The Last Of The Tenacious Shinnecock Indians," 2021. Acrylic painting, 24" x 30."

Shelley Niro

Shelley Niro "Day at the Beach (from Toys Aren't Us)," 2017, 20" x 26," will be included in "Outcropping - Indigenous Art Now" opening February 4 at Southampton Arts Center.

SAC executive director Tom Dunn and

SAC executive director Tom Dunn and "Outcropping" curator Jeremy Dennis.

authorStaff Writer on Jan 17, 2022

A celebration of contemporary Shinnecock Nation artists alongside Indigenous artists from an array of sovereign nations throughout the United States, Southampton Arts Center’s (SAC) new exhibition, ‘Outcropping — Indigenous Art Now,” will address Native issues locally and across the country, highlighting shared and individual triumphs and struggles.

Curated by artist Jeremy Dennis, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, the exhibition opens on Friday, February 4 and will be on view at SAC through April 9.

“Working with our Indigenous community has been a critical yet natural part of our work as an arts and culture center,” said SAC executive director Tom Dunn. “SAC has had the privilege of working with Shinnecock Nation members as artists and activists for various exhibitions and programs over the years. It is absolutely essential that we acknowledge this community, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations.

“Providing a platform for Indigenous voices from across the nation is work that we are not only honored to do, but have a responsibility to do,” he added. “We hope ‘Outcropping’ and the history of Indigenous peoples in this country that the show represents will inspire connection and understanding.”

Jeremy Dennis, who has previously participated as an artist in exhibitions at SAC, including the Storefront Art Project and Clearing The Air in 2021, has also collaborated on shows as a co-curator with other Indigenous artists. ‘Outcropping’ will be his first exhibition serving as the lead curator.

Dennis has noted that at a time when museums and arts centers are re-evaluating their shows, artists and collections, and becoming more aware in light of social movements, the space for underrepresented communities to make key decisions in the arts is growing.

“There is a lot of responsibility in making sure you represent everyone equally, faithfully, and with dignity,” Dennis said. “It will be really interesting and unique to have these Shinnecock artists and Indigenous artists throughout the country in this shared dialogue. An interesting statistic is that in Native American communities, an average of 30 percent of individuals are artists. That’s a pretty large economy. For the past two years here at Shinnecock, we’ve had to cancel our Pow Wow due to COVID-19. That’s 30 percent or more of our community members losing direct income. This exhibition will be an opportunity for people to show up in that Pow Wow spirit.”

Complementing and surrounding the exhibition will be talks, tours, films, workshops, and more organized by “Outcropping” ancillary programming curatorial associate and artist Shane Weeks of Shinnecock Nation.

National and regional exhibition artists taking part in the show include: Pauline Leilani Badamo, Matt Ballard, Greg Ballenger, Michael Billie, Lisa Bowen, Joe Don Brave, Tecumseh Ceaser, Leeanna Chipana, Marcus Xavier Chormicle, Mona Cliff, Selena Coverdale, Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert, Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Jeremy Dennis, Kelly Dennis, Haley Greenfeather English, Jaida Grey Eagle, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Kaysha Haile, Elisa Harkins, Beth Hazen, Durrell Hunter, Alex Jacobs-Blum, Margaret Jacobs, Chaz John, Jamie R. John, Matthew Kirk, Kite, Ian Kuali’i, Jay Laxton, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Ella Mahoney, David Bunn Martine, Richard Mayhew, Megan McDermott, Jenny Irene Miller, Ehren Natay, Shelley Niro, Krystyna Printup, Tricia Rainwater, Herbert Randall, Eric Roddy, Cara Romero, Denise Silva-Dennis, Skawennati, Gloria Smith, Kevin Umana, Tohanash Tarrant, Shane Weeks, and Renelle White.

Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, will be open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. beginning Friday, February 4. SAC continues to follow all New York State and CDC guidelines for all programs and events. Learn more at

You May Also Like:

East End Underground Live Presents a 1980s Dance Party with the Cherry Bombs

LTV Studios and the East End Underground Live Concert Series will host ’80s Dance Party ... 16 Jun 2024 by Staff Writer

LTV’s Hamptons Summer Songbook by the Sea Presents Steve Ross and Karen Murphy: Best of the Versed

LTV Studio’s Hamptons Summer Songbook Series will host “Best of the Versed: Celebrating the Opening ... by Staff Writer

Jimmy Webb Performs at The Suffolk

Multiple Grammy-winning songwriter Jimmy Webb will perform at The Suffolk on Saturday, June 29, at 8 p.m. Webb has topped the charts from pop to country to disco numerous times with interpretations by some of the industry’s greatest, from Glen Campbell and Art Garfunkel to Linda Ronstadt and covers by everyone from Guns n’ Roses and Josh Groban to Little Big Town. Since Webb’s Grammy sweep in 1968 when his own “Up, Up and Away” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” vied for Song of the Year (and “Up” won) to the use of his “Do What You ... 15 Jun 2024 by Staff Writer

Patrick Christiano Reprises the Role of Truman Capote at Southampton Arts Center

When Patrick Christiano was just 12 years old, he sat down in his godmother’s backyard ... 14 Jun 2024 by Hope Hamilton

Pianofest Returns for its 36th Season

This summer, 22 brilliant young artists from across the globe — all emerging stars in ... by Staff Writer

‘Party?’ On Stage at LTV

Direct from a sold out Off Broadway run, Anne Marilyn Lucas’s comedy “Party?” is coming to LTV Studios for two performances, on Monday, July 8, and Tuesday, July 9, with curtain at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Described as “A Doll’s House meets Neil Simon,” the performances are a benefit for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation to support breast cancer research. Ezra Barnes will direct the show which stars Alan Ceppos, Molly Chiffer, Audrey Heffernan Meyer, Jordan Lage, Brian Mason and Pamela Shaw. Tickets are $30 ($100 including reception) at LTV Studios is at 75 Industrial Road in Wainscott. 12 Jun 2024 by Staff Writer

Leonard McCombe’s “America” Comes to Southampton Cultural Center

On Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. the Southampton Cultural Center is hosting a reception for the new exhibition “America,” featuring the work of Leonard McCombe. The exhibition is open until July 14, and can be viewed at the SCC Levitas Center for the Arts during gallery hours from noon to 4 p.m. Leonard McCombe grew up in rural isolation on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. At 14, he contracted Scarlet Fever and had to drop out of high school. While he recovered, he took up painting and photography. At 16, he sold pictures of ... 10 Jun 2024 by Staff Writer

Simone Dinnerstein Brings Bach’s Music to Quogue

It takes a while for many people to find their calling in life. For Simone ... by Dan Stark

Kramoris Gallery Celebrates Local Artists

Romany Kramoris Gallery presents a group art show featuring the works of Hina Cao, Quincy ... by Staff Writer

‘Music for the Soul’ with Sitar Maestro Ustad Shafaat Kahn and East Meets West at LTV

LTV’s World Voices Series will present “Music for the Soul” with Sitar Maestro Ustad Shafaat ... by Staff Writer