Stories - Dreams, Myths, and Experiences / Parrish Road Show
August 11 - September 9, 2018
Open Friday - Sunday, 12-4 pm
Contemporary fine art photographer Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990) is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, a federally recognized tribe headquartered in Southampton, on the East End of Long Island. In his work, Dennis explores indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition from the lens of a millennial.
For Parrish Road Show, Dennis will present a selection of photographs from the series Stories—Indigenous Oral Stories, Dreams and Myths, which he began in 2013. Inspired by North American indigenous stories, Dennis stages supernatural images that transform these myths and legends to depictions of an actual experience in a photograph. “The themes, aesthetics, morals, and stories of each image attempt to give Native American culture a contemporary agency to discuss the taboos of post-colonialism and universal global themes,” says Dennis.
Parrish Road Show, presented by the Parrish Art Museum annually in August since 2012 and featuring temporary projects by artists from the region, is designed to deeply connect creativity to everyday life on Long Island’s East End by providing exhibitions and programs in unexpected places—from public parks to historic sites, oceans, and highways.
The exhibition will be on view during the month of August at The John Little Barn at Duck Creek Farm in East Hampton. This location is particularly significant in that it reflects a complex and partially shrouded history of the East End. The former studio of abstract expressionist John Little, the Barn connects the exhibition to the artistic legacy of the East End; at the same time, it is located near important sites of the Shinnecock people, the Indians used the coves in Duck Creek and in front of Babes Lane, as well the Springy Banks Powwow Grounds, the Soak Hides Dreen, and Freetown.