Bold changes in Contemporary Native American Art collections mark International Women's Day 2017

“Ageswe’gaiyo” (oil on panel), with the women of the NYSM Anthropology Collections
“Ageswe’gaiyo” (oil on panel), with the women of the NYSM Anthropology Collections

“Ageswe’gaiyo” (oil on panel), one of the 2016 purchases for the NYSM Contemporary Native American Art Collection arrived today at the museum, which is also International Women's Day 2017 (March 8). This exquisite painting features the artist, Luanne Redeye (Seneca), offering a glimpse of her personal body tattoo art. Redeye’s work challenges stereotypes of Indigenous peoples by focusing attention on lovingly detailed and beautifully rendered portraits of Indigenous members of her community, including herself and family. Redeye is a recipient of the 2017 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow appointment at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM.

The women of the NYSM Anthropology Collections, pictured left to right: Susan Winchell-Sweeney, Gwen Saul, Andrea Lain, Jessica Vavreseck, and Kristin O’Connell. Not shown: Lisa Anderson, Jessica Watson, Molly Scofield, Meredith Younge and Julie Weatherwax.