Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World

3 Nov 2017 – 28 Jan 2018

Regular hours

10:30 – 22:00
10:30 – 18:00
10:30 – 18:00
10:30 – 18:00
10:30 – 18:00
10:30 – 18:00

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York
New York, United States


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Artist and activist Jimmie Durham, who is of Cherokee heritage, has worked as a sculptor, performer, essayist, and poet for more than thirty years.


Durham was a political organizer for the American Indian Movement during the 1970s, but by 1987 he decided to live in self-imposed exile, settling first in Mexico, then in Europe in 1994. Much of his later work combines found and constructed elements with text to expose Western-centric views and prejudices hidden in language, objects, and institutions. Often considered an extension of his political activism, Durham’s art is critical in its analysis of society and oftentimes mockingly ironic in the broad spectrum of his artistic expression.

With close to 200 objects dating from 1970 to the present and accompanied by a catalogue comprising several scholarly essays, an interview with the artist, a chronology, and a selection of his own writings, both old and new, the exhibition traces Durham’s ongoing use of materials such as bone, stone, and wood while also demonstrating his commitment to shedding light on the complexities of historical narratives, notions of authenticity, and the borders and boundaries that try to contain us.

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Jimmie Durham


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