Freedom

2013

Object

Artist

Jeffrey Gibson, Mississippi Band Choctaw, Cherokee, American, b. 1972
Born: Colorado
Work Locations: Brooklyn, NY; Hudson, NY

Culture

Object Info

Object: sculpture
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2013.73A-G

Medium/Technique

Repurposed tipi poles, rawhide lacing, artificial sinew, buffalo hide, acrylic paint, wool, glass and plastic beads, sterling silver, turquoise, and quartz

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Dimensions

length,large: 21 ft, 6.4008 m; height,large: 9.5 ft, 2.8956 m; width,large: 5.5 ft, 1.6764 m; length,large: 23 ft, 7.0104 m; width: 48 in, 121.9200 cm; depth: 32 in, 81.2800 cm; height: 23 in, 58.4200 cm; height,large: 7.5 ft, 2.2860 m

Department

Native Arts

Collection

Indigenous Arts of North America

Known Provenance

purchased by Vicki and Kent Logan from the artist , 2013; gifted to Denver Art Museum 2013

Caption

Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Freedom, 2013. Repurposed tipi poles, rawhide lacing, artificial sinew, buffalo hide, acrylic paint, wool, glass and plastic beads, sterling silver, turquoise, and quartz; 21 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 ft. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum.  Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Marc Straus Gallery, New York. Photograph by Glenn Castellano

Extended Info

Gibson uses a structure called a travois, formed of tipi poles and used to transport goods, as inspiration for this sculpture. The brightly painted panels of the trunk refer to native beadwork and ribbonwork as well as to geometric abstract art.

“Having grown up moving around my whole life provided personal experiences that have caused me to identify as somewhat nomadic . . . always questioning what ‘home’ is defined by. I have become comfortable moving and have found great freedom in that ability.”
 

Exhibition History

  • "Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel"—National Academy Museum, NYC, 5/23/2013 - 9/8/2013
  • “Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer” — Denver Art Museum, 5/13/2018 – 8/12/2018