This major exhibition is devoted to one of today’s leading artists, whose multidisciplinary practice combines aspects of traditional Indigenous art and culture with a modernist visual vocabulary. Born in Colorado in 1972, Jeffrey Gibson is of Cherokee heritage and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw. His vibrant work, which is represented in more than twenty permanent collections across the United States, is a call for Indigenous empowerment as well as queer visibility and environmental sustainability. 

The Body Electric presents his recent paintings, sculpture, video, and installations, along with a large site-specific mural THE LAND IS SPEAKING | ARE YOU LISTENING. The exhibition’s title is inspired by a song written for the 1980 movie musical Fame, which drew from Walt Whitman’s poem “I Sing the Body Electric” from his 1855 collection Leaves of Grass. The lyrics reverently acknowledge our place in the natural world while honoring the universality of endings and beginnings.

Gibson holds an MA from the Royal College of Art in London and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently a visiting artist at Bard College in New York. He is represented in the permanent collections of museums including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Portland Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gibson is a 2019 MacArthur Fellow.

Organized by SITE Santa Fe and curated by Brandee Caoba

Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric is made possible through the generous support of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation.

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This exhibition is part of the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art, a program of Tri-Star Arts.

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Events and programs

Family Activity
Sunday, February 12, 1:00–5:30 p.m.

Family Sunday: Jeffrey Gibson

Lectures + Gallery Talks
Wednesday, February 15, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Art History Course: Contemporary Art

Educator Program
Thursday, February 16, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Educator Workshop: Jeffrey Gibson

Thursday, February 16, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Jeffrey Gibson

Thursday, February 23, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Family Activity
Sunday, March 12, 1:00–5:30 p.m.

Family Sunday: Jeffrey Gibson

Thursday, March 16, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Jeffrey Gibson

Saturday, March 25, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Adult ARTlab: Introduction to Loom Beading

Saturday, April 22, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Adult ARTlab: Introduction to Loom Beading

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