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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

Jeffrey Gibson


Presented by Roberts Projects, Kavi Gupta
Location: Pier 94 Champagne Lounge
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Curator's Statement

Gibson is inspired by the histories of Ghost Dance shirts, worn across Native American cultures in ceremonies of peaceful resistance against white assimilation -- until Lakota Sioux wearing them were massacred at Wounded Knee. Gibson resurrects these legacies of clothing as a shield. Imagery of DAPL protests, his own guardian figures, and phrases of solidarity unite in a suspended formation, insisting that adornment can still empower.

About the Artist

Gibson (b. 1972, Colorado Springs, CO); lives and works in New York State. He grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, and England. A multidisciplinary artist, he is a citizen of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and is half Cherokee. He incorporates this heritage into his work, which includes abstract sculptures, paintings, and prints. Gibson earned his MA in painting at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998 and his BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 1995. Gibson has work in the permanent collections of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, National Gallery of Canada, and National Museum of the American Indian, among others. He is a member of the faculty at Bard College, a past TED Foundation Fellow, and a Joan Mitchell Grant recipient. He is represented by Roberts Projects in Culver City, California and Sikkema Jenkins & Co in New York, NY.