Denver Art Museum to Premiere American Indian Contemporary Artist Jeffrey Gibson

'Like a Hammer" (left) Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts & Tilton, "Our Freedom is Worth More Than Our Pain, (right) Image courtesy Jeffrey Gibson and Roberts and Tilton. The Denver Art Museum is presenting its first major art exhibition featuring contemporary American Indian artist Jeffrey Gibson.

Denver Art Museum to Premiere American Indian Contemporary Artist Jeffrey Gibson May 2018

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer exhibit will feature the artist’s most acclaimed work until August 2018.

The Denver Art Museum is presenting its first major art exhibition featuring contemporary American Indian artist Jeffrey Gibson. The exhibit, a showcase of his work from 2011 to the present is titled Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer, features 65 objects—large and mid-sized figures, wall hangings, beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, as well as videos.

It will open May 13, 2018 and will be on view until Aug. 12, 2018.

Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), ALL THINGS BIG AND SMALL, 2016. Acrylic paint and graphite on canvas; 70 x 57.25 in. Collection of Lisa and Stuart Ginsberg.

Gibson’s work explores colonialism, the American Indian civil rights movement and the universal themes of love, community and strength.

Like a Hammer will feature works from one of the most important periods of my career so far,” said Gibson in a release from the Denver Arts Museum.

“The exhibition begins with artworks that I made just after nearly giving up making art altogether due to feeling misunderstood as an artist and struggling to establish a personal language that describes my experience without compromising it. The objects, sculptures and paintings I’ve made since 2011 document this journey of establishing my own forward-looking voice influenced by all that has come before me.”

The works in Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer take inspiration from the artist’s Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and incorporate materials such as rawhide, tipi poles, sterling silver, wool blankets, metal cones, beads, fringe and sinew.

Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney. Jeffrey Gibson – Mississippi Band Choctaw – Cherokee “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” High fire glazed ceramic, repurposed tipi poles, wool, acrylic paint, wool blanket, glass beads, artificial sinew, copper jingles, and nylon fringe; 72 x 29 x 38 in. Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan.

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer will be included in general admission and free for members and youth 18 and under.

The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world.

For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org.

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