G. Peter Jemison Indian Toy / Toy Indian 1984

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 South The Edward Steichen Galleries

Jemison was inspired to work with bags after noticing them while commuting. “The common denominator for those of us who traveled on the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan every day was that we carried some kind of bag—a plastic bag, a shopping bag, a briefcase, a handbag, a lunch bag.” Recycling paper bags, he painted images referencing nature, personal stories, perceptions of Indigenous peoples in North America, and Haudenosaunee history and art practices like quillwork and beading. These works raise questions like: How are Indigenous peoples thought of in the popular culture of the United States? When are we inspired to transform existing materials into something new?

Gallery label from Just Above Midtown: Changing Spaces, October 09, 2022 – February 18, 2023
Medium
Gouache, crayon, pencil, and colored pencil on printed brown paper bag
Dimensions
13 3/4 × 6 7/8 × 4 1/2" (34.9 × 17.5 × 11.4 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of Marnie Pillsbury
Object number
426.2022
Department
Drawings and Prints

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