School of Visual Arts Contemporary Perspectives Lecture with Jeffrey Gibson

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Combining craft media with painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, Jeffrey Gibson’s work simultaneously builds on traditions of geometric abstraction found in both modern art and his own cultural heritage. Raised in the United States and abroad, Gibson is a member of The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and is half Cherokee. His work blends his upbringing and diverse interests to explore issues of personal and cultural memory, mining both for moments of intimacy, community, and self-realization. His works often directly or indirectly represent the body, referencing traditions of adornment and performance as disparate as pow-wows and nightclubs, rave culture and 19th-century Iroquois beadwork. His broad output shares an eclecticism and vibrancy that led fellow American Indian artist Jimmie Durham to refer to Gibson as “our Miles Davis.” This lecture is a part of the Boston University School of Visual Arts Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series (CPLS). November 30, 2016