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I PUT A SPELL ON YOU

© Jeffrey Gibson. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

I PUT A SPELL ON YOU

Artist: Jeffrey Gibson (Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1972)
Culture: American
Date: 2015
Medium: Repurposed punching bag, glass beads, artificial sinew, and steel
Dimensions:
40 × 14 × 14 inches (101.6 × 35.6 × 35.6 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Label Text:Jeffrey Gibson draws on his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage to create mixed-media works that critique cultural and societal norms. I PUT A SPELL ON YOU is from a series of punching bag sculptures adorned with colorful beads and other traditional native embellishments that reference costumes worn by indigenous powwow dancers. For Gibson, the punching bag is an inherently corporeal object that symbolizes endurance; it is a piece of athletic equipment specifically designed to take repeated abuse. The title, I PUT A SPELL ON YOU, comes from the 1950s blues ballad by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins that was immortalized in the mid-1960s by North Carolina-born singer, Nina Simone. By combining elements of Native American, African American, and southern cultures with music, sport, and politics, Gibson engages the complex and intertwined histories of North America.
Provenance: Marc Straus, New York acquired work directly from the artist (2015).
Object number: 2015.11.1