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Jeffrey Gibson (Choctaw/Cherokee, born 1972). WHEN FIRE IS APPLIED TO A STONE IT CRACKS, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, glass beads and artificial sinew inset into custom wood frame, 78 × 78 in. (198 × 198 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago. © Jeffrey Gibson. (Photo: John Lusis)


                           
                           Jeffrey Gibson (Choctaw/Cherokee, born 1972). WHEN FIRE IS APPLIED TO A STONE IT CRACKS, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, glass beads and artificial sinew inset into custom wood frame, 78 × 78 in. (198 × 198 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago. © Jeffrey Gibson. (Photo: John Lusis)

Jeffrey Gibson (Choctaw/Cherokee, born 1972). WHEN FIRE IS APPLIED TO A STONE IT CRACKS, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, glass beads and artificial sinew inset into custom wood frame, 78 × 78 in. (198 × 198 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago. © Jeffrey Gibson. (Photo: John Lusis)

<p>A:shiwi (Zuni) artist. <em>Water Jar</em>, 1825–50. Clay, pigment, 12<sup>3</sup>/<sub>4</sub> × 12<sup>3</sup>/<sub>4</sub> in. (31.5 × 31.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4723. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)</p>

A:shiwi (Zuni) artist. Water Jar, 1825–50. Clay, pigment, 123/4 × 123/4 in. (31.5 × 31.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4723. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

<p>Charles Cary Rumsey (American, 1879–1922). <em>The Dying Indian</em>, circa 1904. Bronze, 113 × 101 × 31 in. (287 × 256.5 × 78.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Mrs. Charles Cary Rumsey, 30.917. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)</p>

Charles Cary Rumsey (American, 1879–1922). The Dying Indian, circa 1904. Bronze, 113 × 101 × 31 in. (287 × 256.5 × 78.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Mrs. Charles Cary Rumsey, 30.917. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

<p>Sioux, Hidatsa, or Arikara artist. <em>Man's Moccasins</em>, circa 1882. Hide, dyed porcupine twill, 10<sup>7</sup>/<sub>16</sub> × 3<sup>15</sup>/<sub>16</sub> in. (26.5 × 10 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.66a–b. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)</p>

Sioux, Hidatsa, or Arikara artist. Man's Moccasins, circa 1882. Hide, dyed porcupine twill, 107/16 × 315/16 in. (26.5 × 10 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.66a–b. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

<p>Rain-In-The-Face (Hunkpapa, Lakota, circa 1835–1905). <em>Tipi Liner</em>, 1850–89. Coton, pigment, crayon, pencil, 201<sup>15</sup>/<sub>16</sub> × 67<sup>11</sup>/<sub>16</sub> in. (512.9 ×171.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Frank L. Babbott Fund, 43.221.1. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)</p>

Rain-In-The-Face (Hunkpapa, Lakota, circa 1835–1905). Tipi Liner, 1850–89. Coton, pigment, crayon, pencil, 20115/16 × 6711/16 in. (512.9 ×171.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Frank L. Babbott Fund, 43.221.1. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

<p>Consuelo Kanaga (American, 1894–1978). <em>[Untitled] (Navajo Boys)</em>, 1950s. Gelatin silver photograph, 7<sup>3</sup>/<sub>4</sub> × 8<sup>3</sup>/<sub>4</sub> in. (19.7 × 22.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Wallace B. Putnam from the Estate of Consuelo Kanaga, 82.65.298. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)</p>

Consuelo Kanaga (American, 1894–1978). [Untitled] (Navajo Boys), 1950s. Gelatin silver photograph, 73/4 × 83/4 in. (19.7 × 22.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Wallace B. Putnam from the Estate of Consuelo Kanaga, 82.65.298. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks

February 14, 2020–January 10, 2021

Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor

Jeffrey Gibson, an artist of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, incorporates elements of Native American art and craft into his practice, creating a rich visual and conceptual dialogue between his work and the histories that inform it. In Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks, he selected objects from our collection, which are presented alongside his recent work. The resulting multimedia, floor-to-ceiling installation questions long-held institutional categorizations and representations of Indigenous peoples and Native American art. It also provides a context for Gibson’s work and acts as a contemporary lens through which to see historical works by both Indigenous and non-Native peoples.

Gibson’s works on view include garments, beaded punching bags, paintings on hide and canvas, and ceramic vessels. Collection objects include moccasins, headdresses, ceramics, rawhide, and examples of beadwork and appliqué. The exhibition also features rarely exhibited materials from our Archives and Library Special Collections that shed light on the formation of our Native American collection in the early twentieth century by curator Stewart Culin.

Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks is organized by Jeffrey Gibson and Christian Ayne Crouch, Curatorial Advisor, with Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, and Erika Umali, Assistant Curator of Collections, with support from Nancy Rosoff, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator, Arts of the Americas, and Molly Seegers, Museum Archivist, Brooklyn Museum.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation. Generous support is provided by the Arts, Equity, & Education Fund, the Brooklyn Museum’s Contemporary Art Committee, the Embrey Family Foundation, the FUNd, Kavi Gupta, Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia, and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Additional support is provided by Rona and Jeffrey Citrin, Christy and Bill Gautreaux, Raymond Learsy, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California, and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.

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