Jeffrey Gibson and Eugenie Tsai will discuss Gibson’s process of organizing the exhibition Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire is Applied to a Stone it Cracks, now on view at the Brooklyn Museum. The conversation will provide insights into the conceptual framework of the show and highlight issues of cultural history and collectivity, identity and representation, and as well as take a closer look at Gibson’s own artistic practice.
Jeffrey Gibson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Hudson, New York. His artworks make reference to various aesthetic and material histories rooted in Indigenous cultures of the Americas, and in modern and contemporary subcultures. Gibson's previous exhibitions include: Jeffrey Gibson, LIKE A HAMMER, organized by the Denver Art Museum, and This Is The Day, organized by the Wellin Museum, Clinton, New York. Other notable solo exhibitions include: The Anthropophagic Effect (2019), the New Museum, New York; Look How Far We've Come! (2017), Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee; Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me (2017), Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Oklahoma City; and A Kind of Confession (2016), Savannah College of Art and Design Museum. Select group exhibitions include: the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Aftereffect (2019), Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; Suffering from Realness (2019), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), North Adams; Re:Define (2019), Heard Museum, Phoenix; and Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now (2018), Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, Arkansas. Gibson has upcoming exhibitions at MASS MoCA, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and the Brooklyn Museum. Gibson is also a member of the faculty at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.
Eugenie Tsai is the John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Prior to joining the museum in 2007, she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at MoMA PS1. Prior to joining MoMA PS1 in 2005, she was an independent curator with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Berkeley Museum; and the Princeton University Art Museum. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, prior to becoming Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are Shirin Neshat’s Turbulent, which received the Association of International Art Critics’ award for best show by an emerging artist in 1999; the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990-2004; Robert Smithson, which received the International Association of Art Critics’ first place award for best monographic exhibition of 2005; LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital; and the survey Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Recently, she co-organized Jacque-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley, and Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks. Tsai received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a PhD from Columbia University, New York.