“Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer”
Denver Art Museum
May 13–August 12
For Gibson’s first major institutional exhibition, the Choctaw-Cherokee painter and sculptor will show work made between 2011 and the present—a period in which the artist’s practice began to allude to his Native American roots. Take the show’s titular sculpture, for example, which is made with, among other materials, elk hide, glass beads, and a wool blanket. Its rich patterning is at once totemic and psychedelic, recalling everything from indigenous craft objects to the defunct Rhode Island collective Forcefield. The 65-work show will bring together sculptures, videos, and installations that reflect on the legacy of colonialism, in ways both darkly ironic and not. —J.C.