the space in which to place me

Jeffrey Gibson's exhibition for the U.S. Pavilion, the space in which to place me, is presented by the Portland Art Museum (Oregon) and SITE Santa Fe (New Mexico) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs. Curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby and Abigail Winograd.

Established in 1895, La Biennale di Venezia is a renowned cultural institution that hosts what is considered the most prestigious global contemporary art exhibition, introducing hundreds of thousands of visitors to exciting new art every two years. The 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (April 20–November 24, 2024) is curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

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.

The title of the exhibition is an excerpt from the poem “Ȟe Sápa,” part three, by Layli Long Soldier.

Explore a series of audio insights from the pavilion curators, 24 extended wall texts, information on public and educational programs, an interactive map of the exhibition, and more on Bloomberg Connects, the official app for the Biennale Arte 2024.



  • Kathleen Ash-Milby,
    Portland Art Museum
  • Louis Grachos,
    SITE Santa Fe
  • Abigail Winograd,
    Independent curator

Portland Art Museum
Portland, Oregon

  • Brian Ferriso, Executive Director and Chief Curator
  • Donald Urquhart, Director of Collections and Exhibitions
  • Karie Burch, Director of Development
  • Rachel Record, Head of Partnerships
  • Matthew Evans, Grants Manager
  • Laura Bartroff, Director of Communications
  • Stephanie Parrish, Director of Learning and Community Partnerships
  • Hana Layson, Head of Youth and Educator Programs
  • Elizabeth Sackett Thomas, Assistant to the Executive Director
  • Erin Grant, Assistant Curator of Native American Art
  • Grace Gungadee, Assistant to the Director of Collections and Exhibitions
  • Ruth Droescher, Database Administrator
  • Harper Brokaw-Falbo, Donor Engagement Manager

SITE Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Clara Samayoa, Deputy Director
  • Kate Kita, Director of Development
  • Carolina Franco, Director of External Affairs
  • Brandee Caoba, Curator
  • Matthew Contos, Director of Creativity and Learning
  • Maxwell Holmes, Exhibitions Manager and Registrar
  • Jakia Fuller, Executive Associate
  • Rica Maestas, Digital Narrative Producer
  • Shannon McLean, Digital Assets Coordinator
  • Sabrina Griffith, Preparator and Lighting Specialist
  • Kody Noble, Preparator
  • Patrick Boyles, Preparator
  • Kevin Freitas, Preparator
  • Seth Cox, Preparator
  • Daniel Mullins, Preparator

Jeffrey Gibson Studio

  • Brian Barlow, Studio Manager
  • William Singer, Studio Manager
  • Jenny Ghetti, Production Manager
  • Kirby Crone
  • Dave Flynn
  • Jamaica Gilmore
  • Beth Harring
  • Hui Lee
  • Amanda Lees
  • George Liu
  • Alex Malmude
  • Leah Morris
  • Miranda Nichols
  • Danielle Norris
  • Antonia Oliver
  • Andy Overton
  • Christine Pfister
  • Chrissy Rivera
  • Paige Simpson
  • Louise Smith
  • Anna Svoboda-Stel
  • Becca Van K
  • Timothy Wehrle
  • Henry Williams
  • Immanuel J. Williams

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

  • Karole P. Vail, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Foundation Director for Italy
  • Chiara Barbieri, Director of Special Projects and Publications, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State

Educational Partners
Institute of American Indian Arts
Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Robert Martin, President
  • Mario A. Caro, Director, MFA Program
  • Felipe Colón, Provost
  • Dawn Double Blaze, Program Coordinator

Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

  • Leon Botstein, President
  • Christian Ayne Crouch, Dean of Graduate Studies and Director, Center for Indigenous Studies
  • Brandi Norton, Curator of Public Programs
  • Melina Roise, Program Coordinator
  • Marie Balogh, Executive Assistant

Beadwork Research

  • Steven L. Grafe

Braiders (Sculpture)

  • Deyah Cassadore, White Mountain and San Carlos Apache (N’dee)
  • Korina Emmerich, Puyallup
  • Taylor Uchytil, Agai Dicutta Walker River Paiute (Northern Nevada)

Art Handling

  • The APICE Group SCrl
  • Atelier 4 Inc.


  • Baobab Frames
  • Golden Artist Colors Custom Lab
  • Mural Provisions — Volta Studio LLC
  • Quarra Stone Company
  • Red Canary Studio
  • UAP — Urban Art Projects

Design Architects

  • Sinfonia Group
    Pierpaolo Martiradonna
    Alfredo Greco
    Miriam Engelmayer
    Matteo Falcone

Executive Architect in Venice

  • Th&Ma Architettura
    Giacomo di Thiene
    Giulia Tavone

Executive Structural Engineer in Venice

  • Studio 5 Ingegneria
    Alessandro Gasparini
    Gianluca Aldrighetti

Construction Services

  • Cobar S.p.A.
  • Impresa Edile Francesco Minto S.n.c.

Project Management

  • Shore Art Advisory
    Virginia Shore
    Jill Wiley White

Project Fundraising

  • Renee Devine

Venice Logistics Coordination

  • Jill Weinreich


  • Resnicow & Associates

Graphic Design and Website


  • Kristin Swan


  • Elena Cimenti, Italian
  • Liliana Herrera, Spanish


  • Brian Barlow
  • Timothy Schenck
  • Max Yawney
  • Francesca Bottazzin
  • Federica Carlet


  • Cultureshock
  • Chelsea Knight


  • Echelon


  • Grafiche Veneziane

Screenprinting and Vinyl Installation

  • Fallani Venezia


  • New Goose's
  • Venice M'Art


  • Kuyumjian Consulting LLC

The project team and artist are grateful to the many additional generous foundations and private supporters of this project not listed here.

All artworks in the exhibition courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio.

Jeffrey Gibson: the space in which to place me
Biennale Arte 2024U.S. Pavilion
© 2024