The New Social Environment#149

Jeffrey Gibson with Nick Bennett and Amber Jamilla Musser


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Jeffrey Gibson will be in conversation with Rail Special Projects Editor Nick Bennett and Art Historian Amber Jamilla Musser. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Elinor Nauen.

In this talk

Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson portrait drawing
Portrait by Phong H. Bui

Jeffrey Gibson’s multimedia practice synthesizes the cultural and artistic traditions of his Cherokee and Choctaw heritage with the visual languages of Modernism and themes from contemporary popular and queer culture. His work is a vibrant call for queer and Indigenous empowerment, envisioning a celebration of strength and joy within these communities.

Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972, Colorado Springs, CO) grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, and England. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and Master of Arts in painting at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998. He is a citizen of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and is half Cherokee. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Bard College and lives and works near Hudson, New York.

Gibson’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Denver Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.; National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR; among many others. Gibson is a recipient of numerous awards, notably a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2019); Joan Mitchell Foundation, Painters and Sculptors Award (2015); and Creative Capital Foundation Grant (2005).

Amber Jamilla Musser

Photo of Amber Jamilla Musser
Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser PhD is Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. She writes about race, sexuality, and aesthetics. She is the author of Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) and Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance (NYU Press, 2018). She has an MSt in Women’s Studies from Oxford University and received her PhD in History of Science from Harvard University, and has held fellowships at New York University’s Draper Program in Gender Studies and Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. She also writes art criticism for the Brooklyn Rail.

Nick Bennett

A Photo of Nick Bennett
Nick Bennett is the Special Projects Editor of the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Elinor Nauen reading.

Elinor Nauen

A photograph of Elinor Nauen with a shadowy background.
Courtesy Elinor Nauen
Elinor Nauen’s books include CARS & Other Poems, American Guys, and many others. She’s been published in and edited many magazines and anthologies. She lives in NYC with a cat (Lefty) and a husband (Johnny Stanton), studies Norwegian, and trains in karate.

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