American History is...

"AMERICAN HISTORY" (2016) by Jeffrey Gibson. Wool, steel studs, glass beads, artificial sinew, metal jingles, acrylic yarn, nylon fringe, canvas. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio. Original photograph by Peter Mauney. Installation photograph by Luna Park.

"AMERICAN HISTORY" (2016) by Jeffrey Gibson. Wool, steel studs, glass beads, artificial sinew, metal jingles, acrylic yarn, nylon fringe, canvas. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio. Original photograph by Peter Mauney. Installation photograph by Luna Park.

"American history is longer, larger, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it." - James Baldwin

Thanks to Jeffrey Gibson for contributing this especially powerful work to Art in Ad Places. If anyone out there is wondering whether we put thought into when we install each Art in Ad Places poster, this should be your answer.

Reflecting on this work, Gibson said "James Baldwin's words speak volumes to me everyday but at this time in particular they remind me that this time will pass. Be cautious but don't be afraid. Unite in peace and compassion in the face of fear and hate. Be well and kind to each other."

"AMERICAN HISTORY" (2016) by Jeffrey Gibson. Wool, steel studs, glass beads, artificial sinew, metal jingles, acrylic yarn, nylon fringe, canvas. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio. Original photograph by Peter Mauney. Installation photograph by RJ Rushmore.

"AMERICAN HISTORY" (2016) by Jeffrey Gibson. Wool, steel studs, glass beads, artificial sinew, metal jingles, acrylic yarn, nylon fringe, canvas. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio. Original photograph by Peter Mauney. Installation photograph by RJ Rushmore.