....featuring over 50 works of sculpture, painting, installation, and video made between 2014 and 2018.
New works in the exhibition include a group of five elaborately adorned helmets that will be presented to the public for the first time at the Wellin, alongside a series of seven large-scale sculptural garments, draped on tipi poles, which will hang from the gallery ceiling. As part of the exhibition, the Wellin will debut a new film commissioned from Gibson by the museum.
The exhibition will also include a suite of ceramic assemblages comprising found and sculpted ceramic elements, beaded panels, tapestries, weavings, and abstract geometric paintings, all created in 2017-2018.
Also on view will be LIKE A HAMMER, Gibson’s multi-media installation commissioned for the 2016 Site Santa Fe Biennial. Earlier pieces such as robes, bags, and a sculptural figure from 2014-2016, and a series of smaller ceramic forms inspired by historic Mississippian head pots from 2015-2016, will be featured in the exhibition.
Jeffrey Gibson’s multi-disciplinary practice encompasses a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, embroidery, beaded works, stained glass, and video. A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee, Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, and England. This unique combination of influences play a central role throughout Gibson’s work, which largely focuses on themes of identity, cultural perceptions, and the artist’s own personal history.
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