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Artist Marie Watt Returns to New York for Convention Days in Seneca Falls

June 29, 2017

Proto-feminist Seneca Artist Marie Watt, whose most recent work is now on view here at The Rockwell Museum, will return to the Finger Lakes this summer to participate in Convention Days in Seneca Falls to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage. 

Marie Watt

Marie Watt poses with her latest creation, "Blanket Stories: Western Door, Salt Sacks and Three Sisters," on view at The Rockwell Museum in Corning, NY

Susan B. Anthony with Woodland Influences

by Marie Watt, 2008. Size: 27 x 23.5 in. Reclaimed wool blankets, thread, silk organza. Collection of Portland Community College Cascade Campus, Portland, OR. Photograph courtesy of Marie Watt Studio

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As part of its annual weekend celebration commemorating the nation’s fi­rst women’s rights convention, Convention Days scheduled from July 14-16, 2017, will honor the women and men who signed the movement’s foundational document, the Declaration of Sentiments, by recognizing the descendants of the document’s original signers. The 2017 Convention Days weekend also marks the State of New York’s commemoration of 100 years of women’s suffrage.

Marie Watt is a multidisciplinary artist widely known for her work with blankets. Watt’s work draws from history, biography, Iroquois proto-feminism, and Indigenous principles, and addresses the interaction of the arc of history with the intimacy of memory, making her the perfect for this unique collaboration. 

See guest artist Marie Watt in live, narrated demonstrations on the GlassBarge from July 11-13 as part of a continued collaborative effort between The Rockwell Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass. Watt will be returning to work more with the hot glass and will collaborate with the hot glass demo team to experiment with new ideas and processes. See Marie work on the GlassBarge, which will be ported on the Erie Canal in downtown Seneca Falls:

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | 10 a.m. – Noon and 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 10 a.m. – Noon and 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, July 14 & 15, 2017 | Pop-up guest appearances on the GlassBarge 

Plus, find her Saturday, July 15 (2 p.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park (Wesleyan Chapel 136 Fall Street). There, she’ll take part in the Contributions of the Iroquois Women’s Circle: Women’s Circle. This discussion will provide contributions of Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) women from all territories across the state and include women’s rights, leadership, social, spiritual welfare, agriculture and the arts of the community. 

more about Marie Watt

Marie Watt in Corning, May 2017

Convention Days 2017 Schedule

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