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"A Bead is Never Just a Bead": Native Artist on What Inspires His Work (Video)

This summer Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jeffrey Gibson has been collaborating with members of the local powwow community as well as native filmmakers for his largest video project yet. Titled one becomes the other, this video is inspired by powwow culture, Denver Art Museum collections, and input from the dancers and drummers performing in the video. For the past week and a half the artist, collaborators, and museum staff have been working in the museum to record primary video and audio for the project. On Saturday, September 6 Gibson will be on-site for the museum's 25th Annual Friendship Powwow to screen a trailer for one becomes the other as well as offer visitors an opportunity to look inside his sculpture-making process with hands-on activities.

Watch this video for more information about Jeffrey Gibson's work, his residency, and where he draws inspiration, as well as his role at this year's Friendship Powwow.

Eric Berkemeyer is the curatorial assistant in the Denver Art Museum's native arts department. Eric has been at the DAM since 2011. He recommends that visitors don’t miss the exhibition Printed and Painted: the Art of Bark Cloth on the third floor of the Hamilton building.