Planting Fields Foundation and The Heckscher Museum of Art are pleased to present the work of artist Courtney M. Leonard (b. Shinnecock, 1980), on Long Island this summer, through BREACH: Logbook 23 | ROOT at Planting Fields and COURTNEY M. LEONARD: Logbook 2004-2023 at The Heckscher Museum. Visit Plantingfields.org and Heckscher.org for more information about these two dynamic exhibitions, including new commissioned work by Leonard, and related programming at each location.
Courtney M. Leonard is a professor, artist, and filmmaker. Her current work embodies the multiple definitions of “breach”, an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whales, and material sustainability. Planting Fields’ site-specific art installation will examine how the colonization of Long Island has impacted traditional Shinnecock foodways and explore themes of food and cultural sovereignty, as well as ongoing ecological issues that endanger the Shinnecock Nation and Long Island as a whole.
In collaboration with national and international museums, cultural institutions, and indigenous communities in North America, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, and the United States Embassies, Leonard’s practice investigates narratives of cultural viability as a reflection of environmental record.