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Artists & Inspiration
Iakwatatenonhwe (We Are Related): Voices from Turtle Island
This program has been rescheduled for August 23, 2021
This program is only offered through Zoom.
Discover the imagination and passion behind the award-winning art of Carla and Babe Hemlock. From conception through process the Hemlocks’ exquisite expressions honor and celebrate their Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) values and traditions. In addition to a discussion of their creative processes, the Hemlocks will speak to the role of their work in confronting issues of sovereignty and initiating dialogue around environmental concerns. Curators Laura Rice (ADXX) and Colette Lemmon (Iroquois Museum) will join the Hemlocks in an exploration of the multi-faceted role of the arts in Haudenosaunee culture and the limitations of traditional categorizations of Indigenous art.
About The Speakers:
Carla Hemlock, Mohawk of Kahnawake, is a self-taught artist who works in textiles, beadwork, and mixed media. She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in a wide range of venues including ‘Changing Hands 3’ at the Museum of Arts and Design NYC and ‘Native Fashion Now’ at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Internationally her work has exhibited in Kunstund Ausstellugshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn and the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, Germany. Also toured Russia for the exhibition ‘Woven Together’. Her work can be found in many public institutions including the Smithsonian National Museum American Indian in Washington, DC, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec.
Donald ‘Babe’ Hemlock, Mohawk of Kahnawake, is a self-taught artist who works in woodworking, painting, and cradleboards. He has taken part in group exhibitions in a wide range of venues, including ‘Changing Hands 3’ at the Museum of Arts and Design NYC and the Iroquois Museum at Howes Cave, NY, where he and his wife Carla received the ‘Excellence in Iroquois Arts Award’. Internationally his work has been exhibited in Kunstund Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublic Deutschland Bonn and the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, Germany. His work can be found in many public collections including the Smithsonian National Museum American Indian in Washington, DC, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, and the Sequoyah National Research Centre in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Colette Lemmon serves as the Curator of Exhibitions at the Iroquois Indian Museum. She holds an MA in Museum Studies, a BA in Anthropology and Art History, and trained in oral history documentation with the Smithsonian Folklife Center and Indiana University. She has curated numerous exhibits, conducted research and written on Haudenosaunee/Iroquois art as a consultant to: the New York State Museum’s ethnology department; the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum (Salamanca, NY); the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM); Rome Art Center (Rome, NY); Ottawa Art Gallery (Ontario, Canada) and other facilities. She also served as a guest curator and project consultant to the NY State Vietnam Memorial & Fine Arts Gallery (Albany) and National Vietnam War Museum (Fort Worth, TX).