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MMoCA Opening: Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

June 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Late Fragment (after Carver), 2012. Recycled painting, acrylic paint, steel studs, grommets, artificial sinew, glass beads, and agates; 84 x 110 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. Photography courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

Join us on Friday, June 7 from 6-9 pm for an MMoCA Opening in celebration of Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer. The evening will begin with a Jingle Dress Dance and hand drumming by Tribalized Entertainment. Beginning at 6:05 pm, this will take place in the MMoCA Rooftop Sculpture Garden and is generously sponsored by Ho-Chunk Gaming. At 6:30 pm, an artist talk begins in the lecture hall. Gibson will talk about his artistic practice and discuss the works in the exhibition. Enjoy live music from BingBong on the rooftop, hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, and a cash bar in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden. Free for MMoCA members/$10 for non-members. Lecture hall seating is limited.

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer will showcase the artist’s highly acclaimed, multi-disciplinary work and will chronicle a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage. The exhibition will reveal how the artist derives inspiration from a multitude of sources, ranging from pan-Native American visual culture to his involvement as a young adult in the queer club scene. Gibson’s interests and life experiences inform his vision of exuberant hybridity, in which glass beads, metal jingles, and rawhide merge with abstract geometric patterns and passages from song lyrics, poems, and the artist’s own statements.

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer is organized by the Denver Art Museum. To date, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presentation of this exhibition is generously supported by the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; The DeAtley Family Foundation; The David and Paula Kraemer Fund; Michael Carter; Sara Guyer and Scott Straus; Mark and Judy Bednar; Dan and Natalie Erdman; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; and MMoCA Volunteers


June 7, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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