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Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation

2018-9-9 Hawk Woman
2018-9-9 Lisa Debra Marci

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to Join Us for

“Women of the
Ramapough Lenape Nation”

An exhibition of alternative photographs
by Lisa Levart

When: Opening Reception, Sunday, September 9, 2018, 1-4 pm
HSRC Galleries, 20 Zukor Road, New City, NY

“Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation” is the culmination of an eighteen-month creative collaboration between the artist and Ramapough Lenape women from Rockland and Bergen counties. The exhibition will run alongside “Rockland Voices,” the HSRC’s semi-permanent exhibition on Rockland history that presents highlights from the permanent collection to explore themes and objects that are key to understanding the county’s history, including Lenape lifeways and culture.

Spirit of the Mountain Singers and dancers from the Ramapough Lenape tribe will perform at the opening reception, which is open to the public free of charge.

Ms. Levart used reremembered sacred stories as a foundation for contemporary reinterpretations of the Lenape mythology. She uses a technique of collaging image layers—metal, wood, water, and concrete—into photographic portraits, then individually hand-painting them with an encaustic medium of beeswax and damar resin. The applied wax alters the final images, blending contemporary and ancient portraiture across the expanse of time. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and public venues, including the Edward Hopper House, Rockland Center for the Arts, Pomona Cultural Arts Center, and Berrie Center at Ramapo College.

“The goal of the project is to reflect our unique community, bring more awareness and visibility to the indigenous women of the land we all call home, and serve as an agent of change,” she says. "I hope that viewers will gain a deeper mindfulness of our collective heritage, as well as an appreciation for the different traditions that have had an impact on the Hudson Valley."

of the Ramapough Lenape Nation,” which will be on display at the Historical Society of Rockland County from September 9 to October 28, was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and administered by ArtsWestchester. “Rockland Voices” was made possible by a grant from the Sterling Bank Charitable Foundation.

Please RSVP to
(845) 634-9629 or [email protected]


Exhibitions at the Historical Society of Rockland County are open to the public, free of charge, on Wednesdays-Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 pm, and by appointment. (Pleae note that the galleries are closed on the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and in the months of March and November.) For information or to schedule a group visit, contact us at (845) 634-9629 or [email protected] The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House located at 20 Zukor Road, New City, New York 10956.


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