Parrish Receives A $25,000 Grant For ‘Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim’

Tomashi Jackson in her studio, 2019. Christopher Gregory photograph.

The Parrish Art Museum has announced that it has been approved for a $25,000 Arts Work grant by the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, in support of its 2020 Platform project “Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim.”

According to Mary Anne Carter, the NEA chairman, “These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis. We celebrate organizations like the Parrish Art Museum for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”

“Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim,” organized by Corinne Erni, senior curator of ArtsReach and special projects, focuses on the historic and contemporary lived experiences of Latinx, black and indigenous families on the East End, and explores how issues of housing, transportation, livelihood, migration, and agriculture link these communities.

Early in 2020, Jackson met with historians and community stakeholders from OLA of Eastern Long Island, Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, and the Shinnecock Nation.

The exhibition, part of the museum’s annual Platform series, was originally slated to open in July. Due to the museum’s temporary COVID-related closure the project was modified and now consists of an extensive body of work including digital/onsite projects for summer 2020, a physical exhibition at the Parrish in 2021, a comprehensive publication following the exhibition, and many additional elements. As the Inga Maren Otto Fellow at the Watermill Center (tentatively postponed to spring 2021) Jackson will develop a new series of paintings for the Parrish exhibition; an installation of photographs from family, church, historical society archives; and her own photographs of local sites that will be printed on translucent vinyl strips and suspended from the Museum’s angled rafters. The digital resource archive will include recorded stories, transcripts, and new line drawings.