Collection Artwork
Jeffrey Gibson (born Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1972)
I'M GONNA TRY JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER
2015
cotton, thread, wool, canvas, vintage thimbles, glass beads, artificial sinew, recycled artist’s own shirts, steel studs, rawhide, acrylic, cardboard, wood
installed size: 80 x 55 x 2 in.
Tang purchase
United States, North America
2017.31a-b

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The brightly colored patchwork textile—inspired by powwow garments, the artist’s grandmothers’ quilts, Native American cultural traditions, and other sources—both hides and reveals text from a Janis Joplin song: Try (Just a Little Bit Harder). It is a proposition, or maybe a command.

Jeffrey Gibson is half Choctaw and half Cherokee, grew up in Germany, Korea, and the United States, and studied art in the United Kingdom. He culls inspiration from an endless well of multicultural sources, personal, popular, and political, historical and contemporary. In material choices like rawhide, thimbles, and his own shirts, he examines complicated questions of self and identity and challenges existing notions of what it means to be “traditional.”

From the exhibition: Give a damn. (June 30 – September 30, 2018)

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Give a damn.
Exhibition
Jeffrey Gibson on Inspiration from Corita Kent
Video
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Pattern by Monica Andrews '19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.