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Jeffrey Gibson (BFA 1995) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Claverack, New York. His artwork references various aesthetic and material histories rooted in Indigenous cultures of the Americas, and in modern and contemporary subcultures. Working in media ranging from painting to performance, Gibson’s use of both traditional Indigenous and contemporary materials translates into a unique visual language, such as a beaded punching bag and painted animal hide. Gibson explores the aesthetics of cultures in relation to his personal identity, cultural experiences, and meditations on history. Gibson currently has two solo museum exhibitions: Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer, organized by the Denver Art Museum, and This Is The Day, organized by the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. Other notable solo exhibitions include The Anthropophagic Effect, New Museum, New York; Less is Bore, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me, Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City; and A Kind of Confession, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Georgia. Select group exhibitions include: Aftereffect, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Suffering from Realness, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; Re:Define, Heard Museum, Phoenix; and Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.
Gibson’s recent and upcoming exhibitions include the 2019 Whitney Biennial, New York; the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. He is included in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution; National Gallery of Canada; and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, among others. Gibson is also a faculty member at Bard College.
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