Media Advisory: “To Name An Other” IDENTIFY Performance with Jeffrey Gibson

Media Advisory
 

WHAT:   “To Name An Other” IDENTIFY Performance with Jeffrey Gibson
WHEN:   Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
                Eighth and G streets N.W.
WHO:     Kim Sajet, director, National Portrait Gallery
               Jeffrey Gibson, artist
               Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture, National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents a new work by multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson for the latest iteration of “IDENTIFY,” the performance-art program created by the museum to recognize individuals who are missing from its historical collections. “To Name An Other” will explore the relationship between injustice, marginalization and identity and will feature 50 volunteer performers who self-identify as people of color, LGBTQ, Indigenous or Native American.

The performance will draw on the traditions of drumming to bring awareness to current sociopolitical issues. “To Name An Other” will be the artist’s largest performance to date and will travel to the New Museum in New York City, Calgary/Esker Foundation and Fluid Fest in summer 2019.

Premiered in 2015, the “IDENTIFY” series focuses attention on activism, visibility and experimentation through portrayal. The series is directed by Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture.
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National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000. Website: npg.si.edu. Follow the museum on social media at @NPGFacebookYouTubeInstagramand Tumblr.

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