Jeffrey Gibson’s ‘Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House’ will serve as an homage to ingenuity of Indigenous North American peoples and cultures, to pre-Columbian Mississippian architecture, and to queer camp aesthetics. Gibson has designed the multi-tiered structure to reference the earthen architecture of the ancient metropolis of Cahokia, the largest city of the North American Indigenous Mississippian people at its height in the thirteenth century. The earth mound of the pre-Columbian ziggurat will, in Gibson’s multi-tiered monument, be represented with a plywood structure adorned with a vibrant surface of wheat-pasted posters integrating geometric designs inspired by the Serpent Mound located in Ohio, another monument of the Mississippi Valley, alongside texts that operate as activist slogans. Gibson will curate talks as well as Indigenous led performances to activate the structure over the course of the installation.
Jeffrey Gibson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Hudson, New York. His artworks make reference to various aesthetic and material histories rooted in Indigenous cultures of the Americas, and in modern and contemporary subcultures. Gibson is a recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant.
Gibson’s previous exhibitions include, Jeffrey Gibson, LIKE A HAMMER, organized by the Denver Art Museum, and This Is The Day, organized by The Wellin Museum. Other notable solo exhibitions include: The Anthropophagic Effect (2019) The New Museum, New York; Look How Far We’ve Come! (2017), Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee; Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me, (2017), Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Oklahoma City; and A Kind of Confession (2016), Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, Savannah.
Select group exhibitions include: The 2019 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York; Aftereffect (2019), Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Suffering from Realness (2019), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA), North Adams; Re:Define (2019), Heard Museum, Phoenix; and Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now (2018), Crystal Bridges, Bentonville. Gibson has upcoming solo exhibitions at MassMoCA, The National Portrait Gallery, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and The Brooklyn Museum. Gibson is also a member of the faculty at Bard College. Gibson is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles.