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Jeffrey
Gibson

the space
in which
to place me

Jeffrey Gibson's selection to represent the United States at the Biennale Arte 2024 marks the first solo presentation of an Indigenous artist for the U.S. Pavilion. the space in which to place me is commissioned by Kathleen Ash-Milby, Louis Grachos, and Abigail Winograd and is presented jointly by the Portland Art Museum (Oregon) and SITE Santa Fe (New Mexico).

Jeffrey Gibson
Photo: Brian Barlow

Jeffrey Gibson (born 1972) is an interdisciplinary artist. A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent, Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, and Korea. He received a bachelor of fine arts in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and master of arts in painting at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998. He was awarded honorary doctorates from Claremont Graduate University (2016) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (2023). He is currently an artist-in-residence at Bard College.

Gibson has received many distinguished awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2012), and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award (2019). Gibson also conceived and co-edited the landmark volume An Indigenous Present (2023), which showcases diverse approaches to Indigenous concepts, forms, and media. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada; Portland Art Museum; Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Gibson has forged an interdisciplinary practice and hybrid visual language characterized by bold use of color, pattern, and text that combines American, Indigenous, and Queer histories with references to popular subcultures, literature, and global aesthetic and artistic traditions. A member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent, Gibson deploys these myriad influences as a form of resistance. His practice reveals how taste, notions of authenticity, and persistent stereotypes of Indigenous people are used to delegitimize cultural expressions that exist outside the mainstream.

Portland Art Museum
Portland Art Museum
SITE Santa Fe
SITE Santa Fe
Kathleen Ash-Milby
Photo: Cara Romero

Kathleen Ash-Milby
Commissioner and Curator

Louis Grachos
Photo: Bill Sallans

Louis Grachos
Commissioner

Abigail Winograd
Photo: Cara Romero

Abigail Winograd
Commissioner and Curator

  • Apr 20,
    2024
    Dance Program with Colorado Intertribal Dancers and the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers
    U.S. Pavilion Forecourt
  • Jun 10–14,
    2024
    Venice Indigenous Arts School
    Ca' Foscari University
  • Oct 24–26,
    2024
    if I read you
    what I wrote bear
    in mind I wrote it
    Location TBA
  • Venice Indigenous Arts School
    Jun 10–14, 2024

    The Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, New Mexico), in collaboration with the New Institute Centre for Environmental Humanities at the Ca' Foscari University (Venice, Italy), will hold a series of workshops, seminars, and lectures as part of their Venice Indigenous Arts School for students in the M.F.A. program in Studio Arts. The curriculum for the week-long pedagogical engagement centers on examining “Keywords in Indigenous Arts,” an ongoing project to develop an arts vocabulary based on Indigenous ways of knowing. It will include three public programs with Indigenous scholars and artists from around the world engaging in a comparative approach that centers Indigenous terminology in determining the language we use to engage contemporary Indigenous arts discourses.

  • if I read you
    what I wrote bear
    in mind I wrote it
    Oct 24–26, 2024

    The Center for Indigenous Studies at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York) will organize a convening in Venice on the relationship of Indigenous North American art and cultures to global histories. Diverse speakers, including practitioners, academics, artists, and theorists, will address the interdisciplinary, transnational nature of Jeffrey Gibson's work in the U.S. Pavilion. The convening will consider how Indigenous aesthetics, futurity, and arts intersect with global practices and modernism. Panels on beads, materiality, economies of labor and trade, aesthetics, poetry, performance, silhouette, and color will celebrate contemporary Indigenous artists, writers, and activists while examining the continued segregation of Indigenous voices in conversations regarding taste making, trade, modernity, and power.

For inquiries, please contact: 2024uspavilion@resnicow.com

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Artwork detail

The title of the exhibition is an excerpt from the poem Ȟe Sápa by Layli Long Soldier.

The title of the Oct 24–26 convening is an excerpt from Layli Long Soldier's Whereas, courtesy of the author and Graywolf Press.

the space in which to place me is presented by the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) and SITE Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.

The United States Pavilion opened on May 4, 1930. Since 1986, it has been owned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and managed by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, which works closely with the U.S. Department of State and exhibition curators to install and maintain all official U.S. exhibitions presented in the pavilion.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State designs and implements educational, professional, and cultural exchanges and other programs that create and sustain the mutual understanding with other countries necessary to advancing U.S. foreign policy goals. ECA programs cultivate people-to-people ties among current and future global leaders that build enduring networks and personal relationships and promote U.S. national security and values.

© 2024

All artworks in the exhibition courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio.

Design and Development by I-C-C-P