Beyond the Horizon dives into two recent exhibitions in Chicago by contemporary artist Jeffrey Gibson: Sweet Bitter Love at the Newberry Library and Beyond the Horizon at Kavi Gupta Gallery.
The juxtaposition of objects across geographical, temporal, and cultural boundaries was at the center of Sweet Bitter Love, Gibson’s first institutional exhibition in Chicago. Sweet Bitter Love included four distinct groups of objects: two sets of paintings (one by Elbridge Ayer Burbank, who created portraits of Indigenous Americans, and the other by Gibson), accession cards from the Field Museum, and a site-specific wallpaper. Significantly, the exhibition featured six new portraits by Gibson that were commissioned on the occasion of the Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, a multi-site exhibition in Chicago. These portraits were also included in Beyond the Horizon at Kavi Gupta Gallery.
This extensively illustrated book includes installation photos and images of individual works in both exhibitions. It features a curatorial essay by Abigail Winograd, texts by Christian Crouch, Dieter Roelstraete, and Kathleen Ash Milby (Curator of Native American Art at the Portland Art Museum).