Stand By Me

Artist: Jeffrey Gibson
installation | Polyester organza, glass and plastic beads, printed chiffon, nylon ribbon, canvas, acrylic paint, re | 1988x2489x63mm | 3100xTipi polesmm | 2018

Jeffrey Gibson mixes media and motifs in his sculptures that refer to garments associated with the Ghost Dance movement. Originating with the Nevada Northern Paiute in the late 1800s before quickly spreading to other Native American cultures, the Ghost Dance in part embodied peaceful resistance to white-settler colonialism. Gibson’s materials are laden with personal and cultural significance: beadwork, fabric from the artist’s past projects, fringe, and ribbons all add physical and symbolic weight to his sculptures. The rainbow palette suggests celebration and ebullience through its reference to queer club culture, but these works are also confrontational, as Gibson draws on the power of multilayered signifiers to refuse the oversimplification of personal identity. (Image courtesy Jeffrey Gibson Studio. Photograph by Pete Mauney)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)