April 3, 2023
Hosted by the Department of Art & Art History.
Please join the Art & Art History Department for the annual Jane L. and Robert H. Weiner Lecture in the Arts. The 2023 lecture will be delivered by Mark Thomas Gibson.
Mark Thomas Gibson's (b. 1980, Miami, FL) personal lens on American culture stems from his multipartite viewpoint as an artist, a professor, and an American history buff. These myriad and often colliding perspectives fuel his exploration of contemporary culture through the language of painting and drawing, revealing a vision of America where every viewer is implicated as a potential character within the story.
In 2016, Gibson co-curated the traveling exhibition Black Pulp! with William Villalongo at 32 Edgewood Gallery, Yale School of Art. The show examined evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 2016 through printed media and artworks. Gibson released his first book, Some Monsters Loom Large& nbsp;in 2016 with funding from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Gibson's second book Early Retirement was released in 2017 with Edition Patrick Frey in Zurich and was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
In 2021, Gibson was awarded residencies at Yaddo and the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency as well as a Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia, PA and a Hodder Fellowship from the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. In 2022, Gibson was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY. In February 2023 he had his most recent solo exhibition Whirlygirl! at Sikkema & Jenkins Co. and in March 2023 he was included in the exhibition Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.