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Merging Human Identity with Pop Culture, This Art Exhibit Is a Must-See

Shower yourself with admirable artistic discoveries at Blanton Museum of Art! On Saturday, August 31st, feast your eyes upon a kaleidoscopic exhibit by Jeffrey Gibson, This Is The Day. Don’t miss it!

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day highlights new developments in the artist’s genre-bridging practice. The exhibition features over fifty works made between 2014 and 2018, including intricately beaded wall hangings and punching bags, paintings, ceramics, garments, helmets, and a new video commissioned for the exhibition, I Was Here (2018).

The film follows Macy, a trans-Choctaw woman living on a reservation in rural Mississippi, melding documentary and fantastical elements in a way that harkens back to independent films from the 1980s and 90s such as “Bagdad Cafe” (1987) and “My Own Private Idaho” (1991).

In his work, Gibson brings together his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and a range of diverse artistic and cultural influences to explore race, sexuality, religion, and gender. Gibson’s art often joins exuberant colors, patterns, and materials with text borrowed from such authors as James Baldwin and Simone de Beauvoir or song lyrics by Grace Jones, Boy George, and other musicians.

These combinations highlight the unexpected connections between ceremonies and performances found in Native American powwow rituals, dance clubs, and drag shows, underscoring the complex vitality of Gibson’s eclectic sources.

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is The Day will be on view in the Blanton Museum of Art’s Butler Gallery, located on the ground floor of the museum. Check it while you still can! Admission ranges from $5 to $12 and is free for children, military and veterans, teachers, members, and UT faculty, students, and staff.

Oxford at Tech Ridge Apartments in Austin, Texas understands the importance of community engagement and encourages all residents to soak up our local culture. Do just that when you make plans to attend this event with family members, friends, or neighbors!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, August 31, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Blanton Museum of Art
200 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78712

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