New York - Exhibition

Jeffrey Gibson: The Anthropophagic Effect

New Museum

13 Feb 201909 Jun 2019

The solo exhibition “The Anthropophagic Effect” is the result of Jeffrey Gibson‘s period as artist-in-residence for the Department of Education and Public Engagement. The exhibition displays items from several Indigenous handcraft techniques and aesthetics, such as  Southeastern river cane basket weaving, Algonquian birch bark biting and porcupine quillwork, alongside with Gibson’s new pieces. Produced with techniques that the artist learnt during his period in residence, these objects are involved in performances and other initiatives over the course of the exhibition at New Museum.

Gibson thinks of these items as means for indigenous communities to transmit their culture in time and claim its specificity. Not by chance, the showcase is named after Oswald de Andrade’s 1928 “Anthropophagic Manifesto” which stated that indigenous cultures could devour their colonizers’ ones  as a way to reject Western domination and blend it to their own ends. The artist recovers traditional techniques to establish a contemporary narrative about them and open new perspectives for the future.



  • Jeffrey Gibson, Jeffrey Gibson, "Mx. Oops and Xavier", 2018, Courtesy the artist, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Kavi Gupta, and Roberts Projects. Photo: Peter Mauney.

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Special Events

Destination: New York
Where: New Museum
Type: Talk
Admission: Ticket

Conversation between curator and writer Glenn Adamson and art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson about the indigenous craft techniques that Jeffrey Gibson employs in his residency and exhibition.

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