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American History

Jeffrey Gibson, 2015 (Hudson, NY)

Glass beads, wool, steel studs, artificial sinew, metal jingles, acrylic yarn, nylon fringe, and canvas, 89 x 66 x 5 in.

“One of the first pieces I saw was American History. I loved it at first sight and it was the quickest art decision I made. Its tactile beauty and message resonate deeply with me. When we put it over the fireplace in Alnoba’s Great Room, it felt like it belonged there.”
–Harriet Lewis

This recent work includes a quote from James Baldwin, one of the artist’s heroes. Referencing stylized tribal designs, American History is pieced together with mass-produced elements, including plastic beads and party jingles with long fringes.

This piece is part of the collection at Alnoba. See the full collection or check our upcoming tour schedule.