To Name An Other – an encouragement event

In a special closing performance for Jeffrey Gibson’s residency and exhibition “The Anthropophagic Effect,” fifty drummers will be brought together for an event of encouragement giving names to our current political climate. Joan will be guiding the drumming…

“Jeffrey Gibson: The Anthropophagic Effect.”  – Choctaw-Tsalagi multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972, Colorado Springs, CO) has been the artist-in-residence for the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s Winter/Spring R&D Season: INHERITANCE. Gibson’s exhibition explores the material histories and futures of several Indigenous handcraft techniques and aesthetics, including Southeastern river cane basket weaving, Algonquian birch bark biting, and porcupine quillwork, as practiced by many tribes across this land long before European settlers arrived. The title “The Anthropophagic Effect” alludes to Oswald de Andrade’s legendary 1928 Anthropophagic Manifesto, which argued that indigenous communities could devour colonizers’ culture as a way of rejecting domination and radically transforming Western culture to their own ends.

Gibson notes that Indigenous crafts and designs have “historically been used to signify identity, tell stories, describe place, and mark cultural specificity,” explaining, “I engage materials and techniques as strategies to describe a contemporary narrative that addresses the past in order to place oneself in the present and to begin new potential trajectories for the future.” Employing techniques learned over the course of the residency, Gibson has produce a new series of garments seen in recent photo-shoots that will be activated in this performance…

Attendance is free, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, please email publicprograms@newmuseum.org

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