June 4, 2021 - June 1, 2022
A monumental sculpture by renowned artist Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee) will be installed on deCordova’s main lawn in June 2021. The installation is an homage to pre-Columbian architecture, a corrective to a nostalgic view of indigeneity, and a platform to question what a monument is and how it can function. The title, Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House, comes the lyrics of “Can You Feel It” by Mr. Fingers (Larry Heard), a song Gibson associates with nightclubs that have provided haven and community especially for queer people and people of color.
The ziggurat form references the earthen architecture of the ancient Mississippian city of Cahokia, which flourished in the seventh through fourteenth centuries, well before European contact. Gibson’s installation will be adorned with wheat-pasted posters featuring designs he created in collaboration with fellow Indigenous artists and phrases advocating for Indigenous space and culture.
For its presentation at deCordova, Gibson will curate a series of live performances and events over the course of its year-long display. More information will be available soon.
This project was originally commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City. VIA Art Fund is the commissioning sponsor.
Jeffrey Gibson, Because Once You Enter My House, It Becomes Our House, 2020/2021, plywood, posters, steel, and performances, 44 × 44 × 21 ft. Image: Brian Barlow