Emerson Gallery

History of Exhibitions


Native Perspectives: George Longfish and Shelley Niro

September 22 - December 30, 2006

This exhibition featured nine new and recent works by contemporary First Nations artists Shelley Niro (Mohawk) and George Longfish (Seneca /Tuscarora) which affirm the creative survival of Indigenous consciousness, offered some answers to the question of what a Native perspective is concerned with, and shattered many of the stereotypes associated with Indians.

Niro and Longfish are two of the most important contemporary Native artists working in North America today and are critically engaged with the problem of decolonization. Their works are predominately concerned with discerning the truth from lies, the acknowledgement of spirit and memory, communication, and dialogue - often expressed with humor and irony.
The exhibition was curated by Neal Keating, Hamilton College's visting assistant professor of religious studies. It includes works from the artists and the Woodland Cultural Center in Brantford, Ontario.