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IN SUCH TIMES is a comprehensive exhibition of new work by Jeffrey Gibson. Drawing influences from popular music, fashion, literature, theory, and his own Cherokee and Choctaw heritage, Gibson's work recontextualizes the familiar to offer a succinct commentary on cultural hybridity and the assimilation of modernist artistic strategies in contemporary art.  "In such times, clowns become witnesses” are the words of American writer Nelson Algren, as quoted in Sister Corita Kent’s 1968 serigraph Damn Everything But The Circus. Furthermore, the title of Kent’s print references the opening words from E.E. Cummings’ Him: A Play, which proclaims “Damn everything but the circus!” (1927). Much like the central character in Algren’s books, the clown – always the eternal outsider – attempts yet never succeeds.

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson
LOVE IS THE DRUG, 2017
Repurposed vinyl punching bag, glass beads, found and collected mixed metal charms, cotton, artificial sinew, tin jingles, acrylic felt
55 x 13 in (139.7 x 33.0 cm)

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson
Like a Whisper, 2017
Glass beads, artificial sinew, copper and tin jingles, nylon fringe, acrylic felt, over wood panel
30.5 x 46 in (77.5 cm x 116.8 cm)

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson
DEARLY BELOVED...AND DID YOU GET WHAT YOU WANTED FROM THIS LIFE?, 2017
Glass beads, artificial sinew, metal studs, copper jingles, acrylic felt, over wood panel
42 x 31.5 in (106.7 x 80.0 cm)

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson
TO MY NATION, 2017
Glass beads, artificial sinew, trading post weaving, metal studs, copper and tin jingles, nylon fringe, acrylic felt, canvas, wood
70 x 91 in (177.8 x 231.1 cm)

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson
THE DEVIL AND GOD MEET AT CHURCH, 2017
Glass beads, artificial sinew, metal studs, acrylic felt, over wood panel
40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson
IN SUCH TIMES CLOWNS BECOME WITNESSES, 2017
Glass beads, artificial sinew, metal studs, acrylic felt, over wood panel
40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson
AMAZING GRACE, 2017
Glass beads, artificial sinew, trading post weaving, steel studs, copper and tin jingles, acrylic felt, canvas, wood
76 x 54 in (193.0 x 137.2 cm)

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson
POWER POWER POWER, 2017
Repurposed vinyl punching bag, glass beads, artificial sinew, acrylic felt
51 x 12 in (129.5 x 30.5 cm)