Sioux, Hidatsa, or Arikara artist. Man's Moccasins, circa 1882. Brooklyn Museum; anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks.
The Brooklyn Museum commissioned Bard College artist in residence Jeffrey Gibson to revive a neglected collection. Collaborating with associate professor of history Christian Ayne Crouch, the curators “took aim at the museum’s archive, cracking open the ideological biases—the ignorant and often racist beliefs and values—on which its collecting was premised,” writes Lynne Cooke of Artforum
. Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks
at the Brooklyn Museum is curated by Jeffrey Gibson and Christian Ayne Crouch with Eugenie Tsai and Erika Umali, and is on view through January 10, 2021.