Jeffrey Gibson

Like a Hammer
Opens May 13, 2018
Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Like A Hammer, 2014. Elk hide, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool blanket, metal studs, steel, found pinewood block, and fur; 56 x 24 x 11 in.

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Like A Hammer, 2014. Elk hide, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool blanket, metal studs, steel, found pinewood block, and fur; 56 x 24 x 11 in. From the collection of Roman Johnson and Tracy Richelle High. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson.

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), OUR FREEDOM IS WORTH MORE THAN OUR PAIN, 2017. Glass beads, artificial sinew, acrylic felt, steel and brass; 114 x 71 x 42 in. Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California. © Jeffrey Gibson.

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), ALL THINGS BIG AND SMALL, 2016. Acrylic paint and graphite on canvas; 70 x 57.25 in.

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), ALL THINGS BIG AND SMALL, 2016. Acrylic paint and graphite on canvas; 70 x 57.25 in. Collection of Lisa and Stuart Ginsberg. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson.

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU, 2015. High fire glazed ceramic, repurposed tipi poles, wool, acrylic paint, wool blanket, glass beads, artificial sinew, copper jingles, and nylon fringe; 72 x 29 x 38 in.

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU, 2015. High fire glazed ceramic, repurposed tipi poles, wool, acrylic paint, wool blanket, glass beads, artificial sinew, copper jingles, and nylon fringe; 72 x 29 x 38 in. Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson.

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May 13, 2018 – August 12, 2018
Hamilton Building - Level 1
Included in general admission
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Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer—the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work—will chronicle a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 65 objects created from 2011 to the present will be featured including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and video.

The exhibition will show how Gibson draws upon his heritage and remixes his older works to create a visual vocabulary that explores his multi-faceted identity and the history of modernism. Gibson’s abstract works take inspiration from his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, pan-Native American visual culture, alternative subcultures, and the artist’s experiences living abroad as well as popular culture. Striking patterned and textured works will incorporate text from poems, Gibson’s own voice, and song lyrics such as Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke.”

Gibson frequently explores colonialism and the post-colonial mindset, reflecting on how American Indian experiences parallel other civil-rights movements. His work also revolves around universal themes of love, community, strength, vulnerability, and survival. Through videos featuring interviews with the artist and related programming, visitors will be able to gain an enhanced understanding of Gibson’s distinctive and complex creative practice, as well as how it has evolved from series to series.

The exhibition catalog will be available in The Shops and online in May 2018. It will be the first to comprehensively detail Gibson’s career and body of work. The exhibition is organized by the DAM and curated by John Lukavic, associate curator of Native Arts.

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with the generous support of the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.