July 14 – October 2, 2022
Kat Brown Akootchook, Erin Lee Antonak, Tracey Anthony, Jay Carrier, Hannah Claus, Dawn Dark Mountain, Patricia Deadman, Elizabeth Doxtater, Katsitsionni Fox, Eric Gansworth, Ronni-Leigh Goeman, Hayden Hayes, Carla Hemlock, Barbara-Helen Hill, Carrie Hill, Dan Hill, Richard W. Hill, Sr., Stanley Hill, Sr., Karen Ann Hoffman, Melanie Hope, Alex Jacobs, Arnold Jacobs, Samantha Jacobs, G. Peter Jemison, Grant Jonathan, Peter Jones, Brandon Lazore, Ange Loft, Linley Logan, Faye Lone, George Longfish, Oren Lyons, Laticia McNaughton, Alan Michelson, Ann Mitchell, Shelley Niro, Roger Cook Parish, Erwin Printup, Jr., Erwin Printup, Sr., Luanne Redeye, Jolene Rickard, Natasha Smoke Santiago, Diane Schenandoah, Santee Smith, Samuel Thomas, Brooke Vandewalker, Marie Watt, and Waylon Wilson.
O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking in Indian is an exhibition of Hodinöhsö:ni’ artists celebrating 2022 as the 50th year of Indigenous Studies at the University at Buffalo.
At a time when the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies and Indigenous activism has blossomed, we look back and forward to the seeding of intellectual traditions, seizing of territorial imaginings through meaningful actions, and the threading of our grounded relationality as we come together with a good mind. Works by almost 50 artists from the Hodinöhsö:ni’ Confederacy – Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora–will be featured across both UB Art Galleries spaces. Visions of our artists will interconnect ideas through their imagery and highlighting of collective goals across generations and nations. The exhibition will include works created from a wide rangevof media – digital data, black ash, moose hair, glass beads, paint, and more. Each artwork is a demonstration of intergenerational knowledge with a 21st-century perspective.
The title of the exhibition is inspired by one of the founders of Native American Studies at the University at Buffalo, Dr. John Mohawk “Sotsisowah” (Seneca). Thinking in Indian A John Mohawk Reader is an Indigenous analysis of modern existence touching upon issues ranging from sovereignty to the coalescence of human wisdom. O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking in Indian presents a multi-generational perspective, centering the artist’s voices around questions of land and gender, visual language and action, and imagining Hodinöhsö:ni’ futures.
O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking in Indian speaks of Hodinöhsö:ni’ foundations of seeding, seizing territorial imaginings, and threading our relationships between the human and non-human in the first person with the intention to provoke and inspire as it reframes present discourses.
This exhibition is organized by UB Art Galleries with Margaret Jacobs (Akwesasne Mohawk), curatorial consultant, and guided by an advisory committee comprised of Dr. Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca), Professor of Gender Studies and American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, UCLA; Dr. Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora), Professor of theHistory of Art and Visual Studies and former Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at Cornell University; Laticia McNaughton (Mohawk), Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University at Buffalo; and Dr. Gwendolyn Saul, Curator of Ethnography at the New York State Museum. Special thanks to Dr. Theresa McCarthy (Onondaga) Interim Chair and Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Buffalo.
Thank you to the following institutions for generously lending to the exhibition: Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY; Forge Project, Taghkanic, NY; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Iroquois Museum, Howes Cave, NY; K Art, Buffalo, NY; McMaster Musuem of Art, Hamilton, ON; New York State Museum, Albany, NY; and Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY.
Support for the exhibition is provided in part by the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts with additional support provided by the UB Department of Indigenous Studies. Support for UB Art Galleries is provided by the UB College of Arts and Sciences, the Visual Arts Building Fund, the UB Anderson Gallery Fund, and the Seymour H. Knox Foundation Fine Art Fund.
O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking in Indian, 2022, installation view, UB Art Galleries, Anderson Gallery. Photo: Biff Henrich.
In this installation photo of Thinking in Indian at UB Anderson Gallery we see four works on a wall in not great detail, and another larger work on a perpendicular wall, where two vertical strikes shape a canvas.
In this very strange installation photo of Thinking in Indian at UB Anderson Gallery we see a bench in the center of the frame. To our left is a large sculpture that rests on the floor but also leans on the wall in a giant loop. Its a work on tar paper by Shelly Niro.
An installation photo from UB Anderson Gallery. In the foreground on a wall we see a painting of a Native American woman with a tattooed, bare back. She is looking over her shoulder, almost towards us but not quite.
Installation photograph of Thinking in Indian at UB Anderson Gallery. We see two lit and framed works on a wall.
An installation photo of Thinking in Indian at UB CFA Gallery. In the foreground is a piece called "Prophesy Works" by Pete Jones.
An installation image of Thinking in Indian at UB Anderson Gallery. In the foreground of the image is a red and black tapestry with several feet of fringe hanging down. It's a work by Carla Hemlock.
An installation photo from UB Anderson Gallery at a wide angle. There is one long framed photograph in the foreground but the contents are not clear or legible.
A photo of Thinking in Indian installed on the second floor of UB Anderson Gallery. In a hallway we see two paintings in the foreground.
An installation image from Thinking in Indian at UB Anderson Gallery where we see many pieces on the floor and walls, but none in great detail.
An installation photo of Thinking in Indian at UB Anderson Gallery with many works in the background, but in the foreground, from the side we see a doll, standing on a pedestal in a red dress., a work by Barbara Helene Hill.
An installation photograph of Thinking in Indian at UB Anderson Gallery. In a wide shot of a hallway we see three vitrines with objects in them, the nearest is a bird, in the middle is a basket, and we can't make out the furthest object.
A photograph of the title wall of the exhibition at UB Anderson Gallery. In big text we read O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking in Indian. None of the rest of the text is legible.
This photograph is a wide shot of the UB Anderson Gallery's exhibition Thinking in Indian. We can see the whole second floor hallway, but none of the objects with any clarity.
An installation image of Thinking in Indian at UB CFA Gallery. In the foreground is a work by Elizabeth Doxdater where atop large, circular table hundreds of cornhusk dolls are arranged. In the background is a title wall that reads "O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking in Indian.".
An installation photo of Thinking in Indian at UB Anderson Gallery. Here we see two works, in the foreground a beaded hat by Samantha Jacobs, and in the background a giant drawing of a figure with hair standing straight up, and something inside the hair by Shelly Niro called "Indian Brains.".
An installation image of UB Anderson Gallery showing a hallway, in the foreground is a surreal feeling painting where fire and lightening surround a figure.
An installation photo of UB Anderson Gallery exhibition Thinking in Indian. In the foreground is a mixed media work on canvas by Tracey Anthony where an indigenous figure points his fist at the viewer with a knuckle tatoo that reads "Free".
An installation photo of UB Anderson Gallery showing a hallway, with artworks hung in a line. The first and only visually clear image is of a hand holding corn.
An installation photograph of Thinking in Indian at UB CFA Gallery. In the foreground on two white pedestals are paperbag works by Peter Jemison.
An installation image at UB Anderson Gallery showing a wall with a painting by Jay Carrier. In the painting a wolf-like figure walks in snow under a dark sky.
An installation photograph of Thinking in Indian at UB CFA Gallery. In the foreground is a table where cornhusk dolls are arranged in a ceremonial-looking circle. This is a work by Elizabeth Doxdater.
An installation image at UB Anderson Gallery of a hallway. In the foreground is a bench, and visible on the wall is a screen showing a blue vortex.
An installation photo of UB Anderson Gallery including a sculpture where, suspended from the cieling are hundreds of lines with glimmering circles that catch the light.
A photo of Arnold Jacobs piece, Sky Woman, installed in the CFA Lightwell Gallery. A woman rides atop what look to be two geese, their wings out on either side of her.
In this installation photo from UB Anderson Gallery's exhibition Thinking In Indian, a print is hung on the wall in the foreground. It depicts an abstract shape, vaguely like an animal.
An installation photograph from UB Anderson Gallery exhibition Thinking in Indian. Two vitrines are on the wall, in the closer more legible one we see a ceramic vesel, blue and white. It looks like it has waves and fish carved or painted on it.
An installation photo from Thinking in Indian at UB Anderson Gallery where Brandon Lazore's graphic illustrations are framed and hung.
This installation photograph of UB Anderson Gallerys exhibition Thinking In Indian shows the second floor hallway. In the foreground we see one painting of an indigenous male figure casually leaning against a yellow background.
In another installation photo of UB Anderson Gallery, the closes work we can make out is a framed piece on the wall where in a circle in the middle a figure stands. Surrounding him in each corner are more figures.
An installation photo of UB Anderson Gallery showing a corridor with four vitrines coming out of the wall . Small sculptures sit under glass covers.
An installation photo of Thinking in Indian at UB CFA Gallery. In the foreground is a work where 11 ceramic figures and rocks stand atop a large pedestal table. The work is called "Prophesy Works" by Pete Jones.