The program features the short documentary  “Ma’s House”—named for the artist residency Dennis founded on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation


WATER MILL, NY 1/5/2022—On Friday, January 14 at 6pm, Jeremy Dennis, artist and member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, will present a screening of the short documentary Ma’s House, named for the artist residency he founded on the Reservation, followed by a conversation and postcard writing workshop. The program, focused on the Shinnecock Hills and its significance to the Shinnecock people, will be in-person in the Lichtenstein Theater. Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended. Limited tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable. Please see below for updated COVID guidelines.

In June 2020, Dennis and his family began to renovate his grandmother’s house on the Reservation, and to build the BIPOC Art Studio. His intention was to provide a safe space for free creativity and healing for artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and bring together those who uphold equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion through arts and culture. In the documentary Ma’s House, presented as part of the ALL ARTS ongoing initiative The First Twenty, Dennis discusses the project and explores the challenges he and his family encountered throughout the process.

Following the screening, the artist will give a brief history of Shinnecock Hills followed by a Q&A. Guests are then invited to participate in a workshop with Dennis to design postcards advocating for a building moratorium in Shinnecock Hills. Materials will be provided. 

Jeremy Dennis states: “The Shinnecock Hills are a sacred landscape for the Shinnecock People. Ancestors, dating back over 3,000 years, are buried here. In 1859, Southampton Town stole the Shinnecock Hills using lies, deceit, and forged signatures. The Shinnecock Nation pursued and received Federal Recognition to regain these lands with the help of New York State but have yet to receive support from any NYS Governor who has held office since 2010.” 

 This indoor event requires all attendees to wear medical-grade masks at all times and show proof of vaccination; those 18 and older must provide a valid ID.


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Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990) explores indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation in his work. In 2018, he participated in the Parrish Road Show with an exhibition at the Arts Center at Duck Creek, East Hampton. He was one of 10 recipients of a 2016 Dreamstarter Grant from the national non-profit organization Running Strong for American Indian Youth. He was awarded $10,000 to pursue his project, On This Site, which uses photography and an interactive online map to showcase culturally significant Native American sites on Long Island, a topic of special meaning for Dennis, who was raised on the Shinnecock Nation Reservation. He also created a book and exhibition from this project. Most recently, Dennis received the Creative Bursar Award from Getty Images in 2018 to continue his series Stories. In 2013, Dennis began working on the series, Stories—Indigenous Oral Stories, Dreams and Myths. Inspired by North American indigenous stories, the artist staged supernatural images that transform these myths and legends to depictions of an actual experience in a photograph.



ALL ARTS is breaking new ground as a destination for inspiration, creativity, and art of all forms. This New York Emmy-winning arts and culture hub is created by The WNET Group, the community-supported home of New York’s PBS stations. With the aim of being accessible to viewers everywhere, ALL ARTS’ Webby-nominated programming—from digital shorts to feature films—is available online nationwide through, the free ALL ARTS app on all major streaming platforms. The First Twenty explores events that have caused a shift in the collective American consciousness with artists as guides. Audiences can witness their responses to incidents or moments in the first 20 years of the 21st century.


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

The Parrish Art Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers, from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.


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