‘Speak to Me’ – New Exhibit from Native Multimedia Artist

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 3rd, 2017 Last Updated on: April 3rd, 2017

If you're in the Oklahoma City area, you have to check out this new exhibit, now open!

From the Oklahoma Contemporary website:

Jeffrey Gibson is a multimedia artist whose practice includes painting, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, video and performance. His upcoming solo exhibition, Jeffrey Gibson: Speak To Me, will feature recent artworks that draw upon his Native American heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee) and intertribal aesthetics and traditions.

He effectively combines this mix of references into unique artworks that additionally employ text to address issues and events beyond his own subjectivity. Gibson’s artworks draw thoughtful attention to these cultural and historical traditions while affirming their vitality and relevance to contemporary life.


The centerpiece of Speak to Me is a video, titled one becomes the other, that Gibson produced during a residency at the Denver Art Museum. one becomes the other brought together members of the Denver pow wow community with objects from the museum’s vast Native American collection. The video shows a series of conversations between the individual dancers and their chosen objects.

The objects are addressed as living beings, and the expected notion that they are inanimate objects only to be looked at is subverted through the unscripted and genuine dialogue captured in the video.

One becomes the other from Jeffrey Gibson on Vimeo.

The exhibit is open now through June 11th.

For more information please visit http://oklahomacontemporary.org/

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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