FRIDAY, May 31, 6PM 


Museum Director Terrie Sultan will join Dennis in his Artist to Artist talk 

Jeremy Dennis with Thomas Joshua Cooper’s work at the May 2019 opening of Refuge. Photo: Tom Kochie


Jeremy Dennis, a Parrish Art Museum collection artist and 2018 Parrish Road Show artist, will give a special gallery talk on the exhibition Thomas Joshua Cooper: Refuge at the Museum on Friday, May 31 at 6pm. Dennis, a member of the Shinnecock Nation will reflect on Cooper’s photographs, which capture East End history, migration, and settlement at sites ranging from Conscience Point to Shinnecock Reservation locales. In his own work, Dennis explores indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition from the lens of a millennial. To create his photographs, he stages supernatural images that transform Native American myths and legends into depictions of virtual experiences


“I’m thrilled to invite Jeremy Dennis, an artist who, while anchored in history and tradition, conjures up his own colorful characters in his cinematic photographs, to reflect on Thomas Joshua Cooper’s captivating black and white nature pictures that tell the histories of people who have gone before,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.


Dennis’s Parrish Road Show exhibition last summer, Stories—Dreams, Myths, and Experiences, featured images from an ongoing photography series that was inspired by North American indigenous stories. Through the themes, aesthetics, morals, and narratives of each image, Dennis attempted to give Native American culture a contemporary agency to discuss the taboos of post-colonialism and universal global themes.


Thomas Joshua Cooper, of Cherokee descent on his father’s side, was born in San Francisco and raised on various reservations in the Southwest. Cooper has traveled worldwide making pictures along the Atlantic from the polar Arctic to South America but had never been to eastern Long Island. In March 2016, the Parrish in collaboration with the Lannan Foundation invited the artist for a research trip. Over the course of 10 days, Cooper traversed the area, immersing himself in an internal dialogue about the region’s environment, history, and culture from Native Americans to Dutch and English settlers to the artist community that originated in the late 19th century and thrives today. Refuge features 49 photographs made between 1998 to 2018 along the Eastern seaboard and the Hudson River, anchored by 21 images of seascapes and interior landscapes he made on the East End of Long Island during his research journey. Each location Cooper identifies is recorded in a single negative taken with the 1898 AGFA field camera that he has used since 1968. His meticulously hand printed, selenium-toned gelatin silver prints are redolent with sumptuous detail and resonant tonalities


Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990, Southampton)

Jeremy Dennis is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, a federally recognized tribe headquartered in Southampton, on the East End of Long Island. As one of the 2018 Parrish Road Show artists, he presented Jeremy Dennis: Stories–Dreams, Myths, and Experiences at the Art Center at Duck Creek in East Hampton. He has been part of several group and solo exhibitions, including Stories, From Where We Came, The Department of Art Gallery, Stony Brook University (2018); Trees Also Speak, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury, NY (2018); Nothing Happened Here, Flecker Gallery at Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY (2018); On This Site: Indigenous People of Suffolk County, Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, NY (2017);Pauppukkeewis, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA (2016); and Dreams, Tabler Gallery, Stony Brook, NY (2012).Residencies include Eyes on Main Street Residency & Festival, Wilson, NC (2018), Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY (2017), and the Vermont Studio Center hosted by the Harpo Foundation (2016). Upcoming: North Mountain Residency, Shanghai, WV (2018), MDOC Storytellers’ Institute, Saratoga Springs, NY (2018).


Thomas Joshua Cooper (American, b. 1946)

Cooper’s work has also been included in over 80 group exhibitions. He has received numerous awards including a Photography Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1978) and, most recently, a John Simon Guggenheim Award (2009). His photographs can be found in over 50 public collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of Chicago; The J. Paul Getty Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth; Nimes Museum of Contemporary Art, France; The Polaroid Collection, Frankfurt; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; The Tate Gallery, London; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Lannan Foundation holds the single largest collection of work by the artist, who is the founding head of photography at the Glasgow School of Art.



Jeremy Dennis on Thomas Joshua Cooper

In conversation with Terrie Sultan

Friday, May 31, 6pm

$12, free for Members, children, and students; includes Museum admission


Thomas Joshua Cooper: Refuge, is made possible, in part, by the generous leadership support of Century Arts Foundation, Lannan Foundation, The Liliane and Norman Peck Fund for Exhibitions, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Fund for Publications, Linda Hackett and Melinda Hackett/ CAL Foundation, and Joyce Menschel.

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor.

Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.  


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