Artist Lecture: Jeffrey Gibson
Thursday, November 1, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The School of Art presents a talk by multidisciplinary artist Jeffrey Gibson, whose work weaves elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references.
About the Artist
Drawing influence from popular music, fashion, literature, cultural and critical theory, and his own individual heritage, Gibson's work re-contextualizes the familiar to offer a succinct commentary on cultural hybridity and the assimilation of modernist artistic strategies within contemporary art. Gibson’s Cherokee and Choctaw lineage has imparted a recognizable aesthetic to his beaded works exploring narrative deconstructions of both image and language as transmitted through figuration. Known for his reappropriation of both found and commercial commodities — ranging from song lyrics to the literal objecthood of Everlast punching bags — repurposed again through Minimalist and post-Minimalist aesthetics, speaks to the revisionist history of Modernist forms and techniques. The resulting sculptures and paintings seamlessly coalesce traditional Native American craft with contemporary cultural production and references, forming works that speak to the experience of an individual subjectivity within the larger narrative defining contemporary globalization.
Gibson has had solo exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, Denver; the Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, New York; the Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee Wisconsin; and at Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Gibson is represented in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, New York City the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Smithsonian's National Museum of The American Indian; the National Gallery of Canada; the Nasher Museum, North Carolina; the Nerman Museum, Kansas; the Newark Museum of Art, New Jersey; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas; and the Denver Art Museum.
Gibson has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Creative Capital Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Art Matters, and Harpo Foundation and is 2012 TED Foundation Fellow. Gibson is currently a visiting artist at Bard College, New York. Gibson is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Kavi Gupta (Chicago) and Roberts & Tilton (Los Angeles).&