Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day

Blanton Museum of Art | Austin, TX
August 12, 2019

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day is a vibrant, celebratory contemporary art exhibition in which the artist brings together his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and a range of diverse artistic and cultural influences to explore race, sexuality, religion, and gender. More than 50 recent works by Gibson include intricately beaded wall hangings and punching bags, paintings, ceramics, garments, helmets, and anew video commissioned for the exhibition, "I Was Here (2018)." Exuberant colors, patterns, and materials with text borrowed from pop culture combine to highlight unexpected connections between ceremonies and performances found in Native American powwow rituals, dance clubs, and drag shows, underscoring the complex vitality of Gibson's eclectic sources.