Dover, NH – The work of Seneca/Tuscorora artist George Longfish will be presented in a new exhibition opening at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman Museum in Dover on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. Honest Injun: A Native Perspective; Recent Work by George Longfish features nearly two dozen recent works. The exhibition will run through Sunday, August 7, 2016. The artist will conduct a gallery talk on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. The exhibition and the gallery talk are open to the public free of charge.
George Longfish, who migrated to his Rollinsford studio by way of California, works in a variety of mediums, several of which will be on view in this exhibition (painting, prints, photography, digital, and combinations of these). Stylistically, he comes from a modernist abstract background, but his brightly colored, often geometrically-oriented works belie a culturally political agenda. By turns poignant and humorous, he makes us think about cultures colliding – historically and in a more contemporary vein as well.
Mr. Longfish was born in Ontario in 1942, and was educated at the Thomas Indian School in upstate New York. He then earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in exhibitions across the country, including the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City; The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; and galleries and museums from Canada to Mexico. He developed the first Graduate Program of American Indian Arts in the United States at the University of Montana in 1972. He then became a professor in the Native American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, as well as the Director of the CN Gorman Museum at the same university.
During its 2016 Centennial Season, the Woodman Museum presents several exhibitions within its historic houses which are available for viewing as part of the regular Museum admission fee, while works presented as part of changing exhibitions at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman are available for viewing free of charge. Works of art are available for purchase, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the Woodman Museum.