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. Collection of Tracy Richelle High and Roman Johnson. Courtesy of Marc Straus Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson.

Beaded punching bag by Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/ Cherokee), I PUT A SPELL ON YOU, 2015. Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, artificial sinew, and steel; 40 × 14 × 14 in (101.6 × 35.6 × 35.6 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Museum purchase, 2015.11.1. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), OUR FREEDOM IS WORTH MORE THAN OUR PAIN, 2017. Repurposed punching bags, glass beads, artificial sinew, acrylic felt, steel and brass; 114 x 71 x 42 in. Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson.

Painting on elk hide by Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/ Cherokee), Someone Great Is Gone, 2013. Elk hide, acrylic paint, and graphite; 91 x 59 in. Private collection, New York, courtesy of Marc Straus Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson

American History( JB) by Jeffrey Gibson, a wall hanging with a quote by James Baldwin

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/ Cherokee), AMERICAN HISTORY (JB), 2015. Wool, steel studs, glass beads, artificial sinew, metal jingles, acrylic yarn, nylon fringe, and canvas; 89 × 66 × 5 in. Lent by the Lewis Family. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson

Wall hanging by Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), WHAT WE WANT, WHAT WE NEED, 2014. Repurposed wool army blanket, glass beads, tin jingles, nylon fringe, acrylic yarn, artificial sinew, copper-coated wire, copper cones, turquoise, amethyst, quartz crystals, plastic sequins, cowrie shells, horn, druzy quartz beads, dentalium, malachite, stone arrowheads, and nickel beads; 68½ x 128½ x 8 in. Courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Image Courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © 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 57.125 in. Collection of Lisa and Stuart Ginsberg. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, 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 Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson.

Graphite and acrylic paint on deer hide by Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/ Cherokee), Frequency, 2015. Graphite and acrylic paint on deer hide over wood panel; 16 x 16 x 2½ in. Private collection, Australia, courtesy of Marc Straus Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. © Jeffrey Gibson

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 this exhibition, catalog, 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, curator of Native Arts.

Following its run at the DAM, this exhibition will travel to the Mississippi Museum of Art (September 8, 2018–January 20, 2019), the Seattle Art Museum (February 28–May 12, 2019), and to its final destination at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (June 7–September 14, 2019).

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Jeffery Gibson: Like a Hammer

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan, the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Bank, 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.