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Santa Fe, NM 87501


Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson’s work fuses his Choctaw-Cherokee heritage and experience of living in Europe, Asia, and the USA with references that span club culture, queer theory, fashion, politics, literature, and art history. The artist’s multi-faceted practice incorporates painting, performance, sculpture, textiles, and video, characterized by vibrant color and pattern.

Gibson was born in 1972, Colorado, USA, and he currently lives and works in Hudson Valley, New York.

The artist combines intricate Indigenous artisanal handcraft – such as beadwork, leatherwork, and quilting – with narratives of contemporary resistance in protest slogans and song lyrics. This “blend of confrontation and pageantry” is reinforced by what Felicia Feaster describes as a “sense of movement and performance as if these objects ... are costumes waiting for a dancer to inhabit them.” The artist harnesses the power of such materials and techniques to activate overlooked narratives while embracing the presence of historically marginalized identities.

Gibson explains: I am drawn to these materials because they acknowledge the global world. Historically, beads often came from Italy, the Czech Republic, or Poland, and contemporary beads can also come from India, China, and Japan. Jingles originated as the lids of tobacco and snuff tins, turned and used to adorn dresses, but now they are commercially made in places such as Taiwan. Metal studs also have trade references and originally may have come from the Spanish, but also have modern references to punk and DIY culture. It’s a continual mash-up.

Acknowledging music as a key element in his experience of life as an artist, pop music became one of the primary points of reference in Gibson’s practice: musicians became his elders, and lyrics became his mantras. Recent paintings synthesize geometric patterns inspired by Indigenous American artifacts with the lyrics and psychedelic palette of disco music.

Solo exhibitions include THE SPIRITS ARE LAUGHING, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2022); This Burning World, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, California (2022); The Body Electric, SITE SANTA FE, New Mexico (2022), and Frist Art Museum, Nashville (2023); INFINITE INDIGENOUS QUEER LOVE, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (2021); To Feel Myself Beloved on the Earth, Benenson Center, Art Omi, Ghent, New York (2021); When Fire is Applied to a Stone It Cracks, Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, New York (2020); The Anthropophagic Effect, New Museum, New York City, New York (2019); Like a Hammer, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin (2019); Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington (2019); Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi (2019); Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado (2018); This Is the Day, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas (2019); Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, New York (2018), and Love Song, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts (2013).

For the Toronto Biennial 2022, Gibson presented an evolving installation featuring 15 moveable stages at Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Other recent group exhibitions include Dreamhome, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2022); Crafting America, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, Arkansas (2021); Monuments Now, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York (2020); Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois (2020), and The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York (2019). Works can be found in the collections of Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York, amongst others.

Gibson is a recipient of numerous awards, notably a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2019), Joan Mitchell Foundation, Painters and Sculptors Grant (2015), and Creative Capital Award (2005).

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Jeffrey Gibson Tea Dance and Book Launch


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Related Exhibitions

Jeffrey Gibson

SITE SANTA FE is pleased to present The Body Electric, a solo exhibition spanning Jeffrey Gibson’s multidecade practice. Gibson’s merging of artistic styles, and historical and contemporary cultural references synergizes to create vibrant, multilayered works of art that express the complexities and relationships between injustice, marginalization, and personal identity.



much wider than a line articulated the interconnectedness of the Americas and various shared experiences such as the recognition of colonial legacies, expressions of the vernacular, the influence of Indigenous understandings, and our relationship to the land. The second installment in the SITElines biennial series focusing on contemporary art from the Americas featured 35 artists from 16 countries, and 11 new commissions organized by a team of five curators.