Jimmie Durham: At The Center of The World


Jimmie Durham an activist, and an artist is known for his visual art and performance art and a poet for more than 40 years now. He uses his art to voice his opinions as an activist. Jimmie was also an organizer for the American Indian Movement back during the 19070’s. A sculptor who combines found objects and natural materials he often reveals an opinion and a message and questions the assumptions of the western-centric view of the world.

But for Jimmie, he says he is first an Artist and then an activist. Durham’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent. 

None the less of his political aspirations, Jhe has been an artist and ay The Center of The World was his first stateside exhibition where the following of his artworks were installed.

Jimmie Durham (b. 1940), Tlunh Datsi, 1984. Puma skull, shells, turquoise, turkey feathers, metal, sheep and deer fur, pine, acrylic paint Via Whitney Museum, N.Y.

Jimmie Durham (b. 1940), Malinche, 1988–1992. Guava, pine branches, oak, snakeskin, , polyester bra soaked in acrylic resin and painted gold, watercolor, cactus leaf, canvas, cotton cloth, metal, rope, feathers, plastic jewelry, glass eye.  Via Whitney Museum, N.Y.

Jimmie Durham (b. 1940), Self-Portrait Pretending to Be Maria Thereza Alves, 1995-2006. 

Tell us in the comments below, about your opinions of Jimmie Durham as an artist!

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