Jeffrey Gibson in The Body Electric : Frist Art Museum, Santa Fe, TX
This major exhibition is devoted to one of today’s leading artists, whose multidisciplinary practice combines aspects of traditional Indigenous art and culture with a modernist visual vocabulary. Born in Colorado in 1972, Jeffrey Gibson is of Cherokee heritage and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw. His vibrant work, which is represented in more than twenty permanent collections across the United States, is a call for Indigenous empowerment as well as queer visibility and environmental sustainability.
The Body Electric presents his recent paintings, sculpture, video, and installations, along with a large site-specific mural THE LAND IS SPEAKING | ARE YOU LISTENING. The exhibition’s title is inspired by a song written for the 1980 movie musical Fame, which drew from Walt Whitman’s poem “I Sing the Body Electric” from his 1855 collection Leaves of Grass. The lyrics reverently acknowledge our place in the natural world while honoring the universality of endings and beginnings.
Gibson holds a MA at the Royal College of Art in London and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently a visiting artist at Bard College in New York. He is represented in the permanent collections of museums including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Portland Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gibson is a 2019 MacArthur Fellow.
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Gallery Talk: Jeffrey Gibson’s American Indian Abstract: Reclaiming Indigenous Art History7:00–8:00 p.m. 13 Apr 2023Presented by Daniel H. Usner, PhD To what extent is Jeffrey Gibson’s work seen in The Body Electric influenced by aesthetic styles and historical subjects rooted in Native American expressive culture? To what extent might Gibson also be mobilizing his individual aesthetic voice against how Indigenous art has been treated by the art world? Is he perhaps reclaiming its Indigenous place within the wider history of American art? Historian Daniel Usner will consider these and other questions as he explores how Jeffrey Gibson’s multimedia art—particularly his use of materials, motifs,...Read more