Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day explores the artist’s multidisciplinary practice, which encompasses a wide range of mediums and draws on a variety of influences and visual languages to comment on race, sexuality, religion, and gender, among other topical issues. Combining popular and queer culture with references to Native American history and current events, Gibson reflects on his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as a means of exploring the significance, traditions, and rituals of personal adornment and identity.
Featured in the exhibition are a series of embellished garments and helmets that probe the layers of meaning and potential power presented through the ritual of dress. Also debuting is the video I Was Here, an original time-based work commissioned by the Wellin Museum that investigates the intersections between community and individuality, gender and identity, and notions of performance and ritual. These new pieces are presented alongside a large selection of works created between 2014 and 2018, demonstrating the depth and breadth of Gibson’s oeuvre.
Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day is curated by Tracy L. Adler, Johnson-Pote Director, Wellin Museum of Art.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring an introduction and interview with the artist by Tracy L. Adler, and essays by Jane Panetta and Lowery Stokes Sims, published by the Wellin Museum of Art and DelMonico Books • Prestel.