Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day
September 8 — December 9, 2018
Tracy L. Adler
Johnson-Pote Director
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art
Hamilton College
Photo Credit

Jeffrey Gibson
Like A Hammer, 2016
Canvas, wool, glass beads, artificial sinew, tin jingles, nylon fringe, tipi poles, and rawhide, 90 x 72 x 12 in. (cloak only, variable dimensions with tipi poles)
Courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California


Jeffrey Gibson: This is the Day highlights new developments in the artist’s practice that focus on a consideration of dress as an indicator of cultural and personal identity. Featuring work from 2014 through 2018, including a series of life-sized figures and an original video commissioned by the Wellin Museum of Art, This is the Day offers fresh insights into Gibson’s artistic approach, which brings together the artist’s Native American heritage with popular culture to explore evolving cultural trends and traditions. This exhibition probes Gibson’s continued interest in the ritual of self-adornment as a historical and contemporary phenomenon, as well as the negotiation and calibration of value determined by one’s appearance.
Jeffrey Gibson’s work has been featured in solo museum exhibitions at the National Academy of Art in New York City (2013), the Bronx Museum of Art (2014), the Savannah College of Art and Design (2016), the Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City (2017), and a retrospective organized by the Denver Museum of Art (forthcoming). Recent group shows include Prospect.3: Notes for Now in New Orleans (2015), Greater New York at MoMA PS1 (2016), and the Desert X in Palm Springs (2017). Gibson is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, the Smithsonian Institute Contemporary Arts Grant, and the Creative Capital Foundation Grant, among others. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Bard College and lives and works in Hudson, New York.