October 15, 2021 - March 13, 2022
Second Floor Galleries
Following the arrival of his monumental installation in the Sculpture Park, a major exhibition of new work by Jeffrey Gibson opens in deCordova’s indoor galleries. Infinite Indigenous Queer Love pushes Gibson’s syncretic approach to contemporary Indigenous culture and artistry in new directions. The show debuts a series of massive hanging fringe cube sculptures designed in radiant colors, and will transform the museum’s central gallery into a darkened immersive space of color and texture unlike any before shown in this space. The fringe, typically a feature of Indigenous dance regalia, is transformed into primary volumetric shapes. These vivid, monolithic forms will dominate the gallery, posing an exploration into queer abstraction, a merging of hard-edge shapes and soft, fluid materiality. “Fringe” also implies a position outside of mainstream culture, and in that way connects to Gibson’s long-standing amplification of the creativity and strength of historically marginalized cultures, especially Indigenous and queer communities. The exhibition also features new works on paper and recent videos and films, offering audiences a full experience of the artist’s expansive creativity.
About the Artist
Jeffrey Gibson’s vibrantly patterned work makes reference to his Choctaw-Cherokee heritage as well as his queer identity, and the aesthetics and biases associated with those identity markers. He works across painting, sculpture, video, performance, and installation art. He draws on Indigenous process and materials, and queer histories that use camp aesthetics as a critical strategy to deny any romanticizing of Indigenous cultures. By exaggerating these aesthetics Gibson forges conversations that transcend binary thinking. Merging styles and historical references, Gibson states, “I have continued to think about my practice as encompassing the past and present while considering the future.”
Gibson (b. 1972) earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. His celebrated work has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; the New Museum, New York, and Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, NY. His work was also included in the 2019 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. A 2019 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Gibson is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Jeffrey Gibson, INFINITE INDIGENOUS QUEER LOVE, 2020, acrylic on canvas, glass beads and artificial sinew inset into wood frame, Framed: 63.875 x 35.5 inches, © Jeffrey Gibson, Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York. Photo: Jason Wyche.