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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Leonard Peltier Art to be Displayed

The icehouse gallery and screening room opens the 2005 season with an
exhibition entitled Inside which will include the works of three artists
who are currently serving a prison sentence and two artists whose works
serve as a commentary of prison life.

Leonard Peltier, artist, author, Human Rights activist, and American
Indian Movement leader, has spent more than half of his lifetime in
federal prison as the subject of one of the most controversial law cases
in American history. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994,
Leonard's most recent award was the Human Rights Award from the Ontario
Federation of Labor. Despite the obvious restrictions, Mr. Peltier has,
nonetheless, continued to emerge as a master of indigenous art.

Gregory Frederick works in oil, watercolor, ink and mixed media. The
works shown in this exhibition are works in ink, exclusively. Mr.
Frederick graduated from Pratt Institute, NYU, and has earned a number of
prizes and awards for his artwork through exhibits sponsored by the
federal prison system. Gregory Frederick is serving a prison term in
Ossining prison, New York. He is due for parole this summer.

Christine McCrorey is incarcerated in a correctional facility for women in
Clinton, New Jersey. By prison rules she is not allowed glue, scissors,
rules, or tape but as she is driven to create, she has found a way to
bind rolled paper and materials with toothpaste in order to create
sculptural environments such as mosques, houses, public buildings and
villages.

Amir Bey, artist/curator, has been involved in prison related work since
the mid-seventies when he broad cast prison programming in Berkeley, CA.
He has curated shows that feature art about prisoners and art by
prisoners. Dread Scott's installation, What is the Proper Way to Display
a US Flag?(1989) became a center of controversy. As part of the effort
to oppose moves to make patriotism compulsory, he, along with three
others, burned flags on the steps of the US Capital. He then played a
part in coordinating the legal and political effort to win this landmark
case in the Supreme Court. He has been a fellow at the Whitney Museum of
American Art Independent Studio Program, and was awarded a Mid
Atlantic/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship in
Photography, and a NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture.
Mr. Scott has appeared on local and national television and radio.

The exhibition runs March 12th through April 3rd, 2005 with an opening
reception on Saturday, March 12th from five to seven in the evening.
There will be a scheduled lecture by Dread Scott as well as a series of
Independent films screenings during the month of the exhibition which
will provide an inside look at prison life.

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to five o'clock.

icehouse gallery and screening room
414 first street
greenport, ny 11944

For more information please contact Hannah Gray at 631.445.1459.