Beginning in January 2020, Jackson led in-depth interviews with members of Indigenous, Black, and Latinx and communities of the East End. They included Donnamarie Barnes, Director of History and Heritage at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in Shelter Island; Bonnie Cannon, Executive Director of the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center (BHCCRC); Jeremy Dennis, a fine art photographer and Shinnecock Indian Nation member; Kelly Dennis, an attorney specializing in Federal Indian law and Secretary of the Shinnecock Council of Trustees; Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Eastville Community Historical Society; Minerva Perez, Executive Director of OLA (Organización Latino-Americana) of Eastern Long Island; Tela Loretta Troge, an attorney and counselor at law; and Richard “Juni” Wingfield, a long-time community liaison for the Southampton School District.

Throughout the process, Jackson worked with artist and educator Martha Schnee and research scholar K. Anthony Jones to transcribe and analyze the interviews. Schnee also drew portraits and notes during the interview sessions. All images are reproductions of original ink on vellum drawings and notes by Martha Schnee (American, born 1993) from The Land Claim interviews, 2021.

  • Martha Schnee, “Black gardens as works of art” — Richard “Juni” Wingfield on strength and sustenance, 2021.

    To Make a Life


    Community liaison for the Southampton School District

    Juni shares the history of his family’s migration to the East End of Long Island in the 1920s and explains how the strength of women sustained the community, especially through gardening and farming.

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  • This is What We Have


    Attorney and counselor at law

    Tela’s conversation considers the traditional agricultural and whaling practices of the Shinnecock Nation as they apply to the community’s emphasis on education and sustainability.

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  • To Belong to A Certain Place on Earth


    Fine art photographer and Shinnecock Indian Nation member

    In his interview, Jeremy reflects on the concept of “home” in its connection to the landscape, emphasizing the cultural significance of communal living among the Shinnecock people, and the Shinnecock Reservation as a site of re-spite for many minority groups and the only affordable venue to host gatherings and cultural events on the East End of Long Island.

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  • That Village Type of Mentality


    Executive Director of the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center (BHCCRC)

    In our conversation, Bonnie describes the advantages and obstacles associated with growing up on “The Hill” in Southampton, New York. Further, she explains how she and her team at BHCCRC are navigating the educational struggles that minority communities have confronted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • We are still here


    Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Eastville Community Historical Society

    Georgette reveals the rich narrative of the historically Black Eastville and SANS communities on the East End of Long Island and details her ongoing efforts to protect and preserve local landmarks associated with them.

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  • A Place Held Together by the Work of Women


    Curator and Archivist of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, Co-Director and Chair of the Plain Sight Project

    In our conversation, Donnamarie unpacks Sylvester Manor’s significance as one of the first provisioning plantations on eastern Long Island for the West Indian sugar trade, and recounts her experiences growing up in the SANS community of Ninevah Beach, in Sag Harbor, New York.

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  • For the Good of the Entire East End


    Executive Director of OLA (Organización Latino-Americana) of Eastern Long Island

    Minerva’s interview details the ongoing difficulties that immigrant families face in the East Hampton school district, as well as the constant racial profiling of Latinxs by local police in the Hamptons. 

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  • Our Leader Women, The Backbone of Our People


    Attorney specializing in Federal Indian law and Secretary of the Shinnecock Council of Trustees

    In our discussion, Kelly chronicles the his-tory of the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s movement to reclaim stolen land and the thirty-two-year fight for federal recognition. She also speaks about the lack of affordable housing on the East End.

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PANEL | Reflections from The Land Claim


TALK | Tomashi Jackson, Corinne Erni, & Minerva Perez

TOUR | Spanish-Language Exhibition Tour


TALK | Tomashi Jackson, Corinne Erni, K Sue Park, & Kelly Dennis


Directly tied to the images and oral histories shared by the interviewees are the archival materials from written news sources documenting their intergenerational collective memory. These articles preserve the many accounts of sacred land protections, agricultural labor, educational access, transportation, and land rights experienced by local communities of color.

‘Dark days’ at the Cutchogue labor camp

September 26, 2014 | Paul Squire, The Suffolk Times | PDF

Immigrants Share Fears Of National Policies, ICE Raids

Febuary 20, 2017 | Amanda Bernocco, The Southhampton Press | PDF

Suffolk and Nassau Law Enforcement Policy of Detaining Immigrants on ICE Warrants Ruled Illegal

November 14, 2018 | Patrick Young, Esq., Long Island Wins | PDF

Why a Hamptons Highway Is a Battleground Over Native American Rights

May 27, 2019 | Corey Kilgannon, New York Times | PDF

Shinnecock Protest Building On Ancient Burial Grounds

January 14, 2020 | Dan’s Papers | PDF

In Plain Sight, a Long-Buried History of East Hampton’s Enslaved

February 6, 2020 | David E. Rattray, The East Hampton Star | PDF

Black LI Family On ‘Subtle’ Racism: It’s Not Just The N-Word

July 15, 2020 | Lisa Finn, The Patch | PDF

Telling their stories: Research highlights the role of enslaved people on LI

August 21, 2020 | Multiple Contributors, Newsday | PDF

On Long Island, a Beachfront Haven for Black Families

October 1, 2020 | Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times | PDF

Native Americans Have Been Taking on Billionaires in the Hamptons

November 26, 2020 | Walker Bragman & Mark Colangelo, Jacobin Magazine | PDF


Tomashi Jackson titled the exhibition The Land Claim after a conversation with a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, Kelly Dennis, who brought her to understand that the story of the Hamptons is inextricably connected to land appropriation. This Supreme Court Petition, co-written by Dennis, was filed in 2016 is a prime example of contemporary land rights activism taking place on the East End. Scroll and click through the PDF to read the full document.


Additional reading related to the histories and identities represented in Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim were available in the Study Room for visitors to learn more about the topics featured in Jackson’s work.

Bancroft, Dick, and Laura Waterman Wittstock. We Are Still Here: A Photographic History of the American Indian Movement. Minnesota historical Society Press, 2013.

Day, Lynda Rose. Making a Way to Freedom: A History of African Americans on Long Island. Empire State Books, 1997.

Gomez Laura E. Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism. The New Press, 2020.

Hayes, Katherine Howlett. Slavery before Race: Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Island’s Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651-1821. New York University Press, 2013.

Marcus, Grania Bolton. A Forgotten People: Discovering the Black Experience in Suffolk County. Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, 1988.

Pearse, Joysetta Marsh. Pyrrhus Consor, Born Free. TAAGS, 2014.

Stone, Gaynell. The Shinnecock Indians: a Culture History. Suffolk County Archaeological Association, 1983.

Torres, Mark. Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood. The History Press, 2021.

Velsor, Kathleen G. The Underground Railroad on Long Island Friends in Freedom. The @History Press, 2013.

Wortis, Helen. A Woman Named Matilda, and Other True Accounts of Old Shelter Island. Shelter Island Historical Society, 1978.

Tomashi Jackson in her studio at The Watermill Center, June 2021. Photo: Copyright Jessica Dalene, courtesy of The Watermill Center.

Tomashi Jackson in her studio at The Watermill Center, June 2021. Photo: Copyright Jessica Dalene, courtesy of The Watermill Center.



Tomashi Jackson (born 1980, Houston, TX) is a multidisciplinary artist working across painting, textiles, sculpture, and video to place formal and material investigations in dialogue with recent histories of displacement and disenfranchisement of people of color, resulting in formalist compositions of exuberant color, bold geometries, and intricate layerings of material. She was invited as part of the Parrish Art Museum’s 2021 annual invitation to an artist to consider the entire Museum as a site for works that transcend disciplinary boundaries, encouraging new ways to experience art, architecture, landscape, and community.

Learn more about Tomashi Jackson at Tilton Gallery.

Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim was organized by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, with research assistance by Curatorial Fellow Lauren Ruiz.

Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim was made possible thanks to the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; The Bandier Family Foundation; The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Fund for Publications; The Dorothy Lichtenstein ArtsReach Fund, established by Agnes Gund; Connie Tilton; The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family; The Deborah Buck Foundation; Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins; Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder; The Speyer Family Foundation, and Nina Yankowitz.

We are also grateful to Night Gallery, Los Angeles and Tilton Gallery, New York, for their in-kind support.

We are pleased to partner with The Watermill Center in support of Tomashi Jackson’s project and acknowledge their generous partnership through their Inga Maren Otto Fellowship.

Additional support for the Archive was provided by Cara Conklin-Wingfield, Education Director; Brianna Lynn Hernández Baurichter, Curatorial Fellow; Maria Elizabeth, Education Fellow; and Alexandra Paul Zotov, Digital Communications Manager.