The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents a new work by multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson for the latest iteration of “IDENTIFY,” the performance-art program created by the museum to recognize individuals who are missing from its historical collections. “To Name An Other” will explore the relationship between injustice, marginalization and identity and will feature 50 volunteer performers who self-identify as people of color, LGBTQ, Indigenous or Native American.
The performance will draw on the traditions of drumming to bring awareness to current sociopolitical issues. “To Name An Other” will be the artist’s largest performance to date and will travel to the New Museum in New York City, Calgary/Esker Foundation and Fluid Fest in summer 2019.
Premiered in 2015, the “IDENTIFY” series focuses attention on activism, visibility and experimentation through portrayal. The series is directed by Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture.