Heckscher Museum to Host Virtual Panel on Environmental Justice

The Heckscher Museum of Art, Long Island artist Jeremy Dennis, and Stony Brook Professor Mark Chambers are planning a virtual panel to discuss environmental justice on Long Island.

The free event is scheduled for April 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm Registration is required. Heckscher.org/mayhewpanel

Environmental justice refers to the movement to address how environmental hazards impact communities of color disproportionately.

 Dennis is a fine art photographer and a  member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation. His photography explores Indigenous identity, cultural assimilation, and the traditional practices of the Shinnecock Indian Nation. His work is included in the collections of The Heckscher Museum of Art, The Hudson River Museum, the New York State Museum, and others.

Chambers is a professor in the Africana Studies department at Stony Brook University. His interests include environmental and technological contacts between Indigenous peoples and free and enslaved miners in North America. His recent book, Gray Gold: Lead Mining and Its Impact on the Natural and Cultural Environment, 1720 to 1840, is a cultural history of lead mining in the region that became the state of Missouri.

This panel is offered in conjunction with The Heckscher Museum of Art’s exhibition, Richard Mayhew: Reinventing Landscape. Mayhew’s luminous landscapes address the historic and spiritual connections between Native Americans, African Americans, and the land.


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