Jeffrey Gibson

Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
Monday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL
United States

Presented in partnership with SAIC Alumni Relations

Jeffrey Gibson (BFA 1995) is a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. 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.

Presented in partnership with SAIC Alumni Relations

Jeffrey Gibson's website

Roberts Projects

Kavi Gupta Gallery

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Urist, Jacoba. “Artist Jeffrey Gibson’s Artwork Activates Overlooked Histories and Marginalized Identites,” Smithsonian Magazine

Gibson, Jeffrey and Zack Hatfield. “Jeffrey Gibson on the limits and possibilities of tradition” Artforum

Boyd, Kealey. “Jeffrey Gibson Challenges the Parameters of Native American Art” Hyperallergic