Jeffrey Gibson: To Name An Other, Call for Performers

Site Santa Fe, March 16, 2022


To Name An Other is a full day empowerment workshop and public performance organized by American artist Jeffrey Gibson, at SITE Santa Fe as part of his upcoming exhibition; The Body Electric.


This is a call for 55 self-identified Indigenous collaborators to perform To Name An Other. Performers must be 16 years or older, and able to attend both the orientation as well as the workshop and performance. Performers will be compensated for their time.

To apply, please email with your nametelephone number, and how you heard about this opportunity, (Chamiza Foundation, IAIA, Mountain Center, SITE Santa Fe, or other).


Deadline to apply: Friday, March 18, 2022.


Saturday, April 9, from 6 PM – 8PM (2hrs.)
Dinner and Orientation (dinner provided by SITE Santa Fe)

Sunday, April 10, from 9 AM – 5 PM (8hrs.)
Workshop and Live Performance
(there will be a lunch break and lite food will be provided)
All events will take place at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe NM, 87501.

Jeffrey Gibson (b.1972, Colorado) is a celebrated multidisciplinary artist whose works are represented in over 20 permanent collections across the US. He is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee.

Each performer will wear a custom garment designed by Jeffrey Gibson that has a “name” or text printed on it. This “name” describes an action or event that Jeffrey has found inspirational and courageous in the recent and current political climate.


The performance will begin with an empty set of bleachers. One after another, the performers will walk onto the bleachers and stand before a microphone, say their “name,” then begin drumming. They will hold for 30 seconds drumming in front of the mic and then walk to the top row of the bleachers. The next performer will step onto the bleachers and follow the same steps. The performers who are drumming will continue to drum as all performers repeat the same steps, until all performers are on the bleachers drumming together. The performers will walk off of the bleachers one by one, when called. They will continue to drum until they exit the space. The number of drummers will reduce to 0 and the performance will come to an end. The Performance will be filmed.


No previous drumming, music, or performance experience is necessary. An honorarium plus meals will be provided. We welcome expressions of interest from persons with disabilities and persons whose preferred language is not English. If you have questions regarding access, either in participating or attending this program, please do not hesitate to contact us.


To Name An Other is a new commission work involving video, performance and installation. For the first time, this piece will be created entirely in collaboration with Indigenous community members from across New Mexico. The performance of To Name An Other begins with a full day empowerment workshop, followed by a public performance organized by SITE Santa Fe as part of his upcoming exhibition, The Body Electric.


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