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Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer & Next Steps

Feb 28 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

7 PM – 8 PM

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Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer and hear directly from the artist as he discusses the work on view in the galleries and the next steps he's exploring in his artwork.

This major museum exhibition presents a significant selection of this contemporary artist’s exuberant artwork created since 2011. Gibson’s complex work reflects varied influences, including fashion and design, abstract painting, queer identity, popular music, and the materials and aesthetics of Native American cultures. The more than 65 works on view include beaded punching bags, figures and wall hangings, abstract geometric paintings on rawhide and canvas, performance video, and a new multimedia installation.

about the artist

Born in Colorado in 1972, Gibson holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and continued his studies in London at the Royal College of Art where he received his MA in 1998. His work has been included in major survey exhibitions and solo shows nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY; the National Academy Museum, New York; and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK. Gibson is also the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, research fellowships, and grants. Since 2010, the artist has built a body of work that draws on diverse histories, materials and processes that result in hybrid, visionary objects. The Seattle Art Museum recently acquired one of Gibson’s signature punching bags for its collection. He lives and works in New York State.

Related opening events

Thu Feb 28


Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer Community Opening Celebration

Free with RSVP

Sponsored by Starbucks.

Image: Like A Hammer, 2014, Jeffrey Gibson, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians/Cherokee, b. 1972, elk hide, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool blanket, metal studs, steel, found pinewood block, and fur, 56 × 24 × 11 in., Collection of Tracy Richelle High and Roman Johnson, courtesy of Marc Straus Gallery, New York, image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California, photo: Peter Mauney.

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.