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Jennie C. Jones

The Roof Garden Commission: Jennie C. Jones at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be on view from April 15–October 19, 2025.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's press release follows: 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the artists for its 2025 commissions. Jennie C. Jones (born 1968, Cincinnati, Ohio) will produce her first multi-work outdoor sculptural installation for the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. For The Met Fifth Avenue facade, Jeffrey Gibson (born 1972, Colorado Springs, Colorado), a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and of Cherokee descent, will create four figurative sculptures—works that he refers to as ancestral spirit figures. 

The Roof Garden Commission: Jennie C. Jones will be on view from April 15 through October 19, 2025. The Facade Commission: Jeffrey Gibson will be on view from September 2025 through May 2026.

The Met previously announced its 2024 commissions: The Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj will be on view from April 29 through October 27, 2024; The Facade Commission: Lee Bul, from September 12, 2024, through May 27, 2025; and The Great Hall Commission: Tong Yang-Tze, from November 21, 2024, through April 8, 2025.

“As we anticipate the start of The Met’s 2024 commission series, we are thrilled to expand on the already robust program with the announcement of our exciting 2025 commission projects by the esteemed artists Jennie C. Jones and Jeffrey Gibson,” said Max Hollein, The Met’s Marina Kellen French Director and Chief Executive Officer. "Though stylistically different, both Jones and Gibson see the potential for beauty and form to carry the potency of individual and cultural histories. We're honored to have them join this important commission series and look forward to unveiling their works in 2025.”

Through her sculptural installation for the 2025 Roof Garden Commission, Jones will explore the sonic potential of stringed instruments as well as their formal possibilities. In Jones’s unique response to modernism, these acoustic sculptures propose the line of the string as a proxy for art history, unbroken and continuous.

Gibson’s project for The Met’s Fifth Avenue facade will be the sixth in a series of commissions for the historic exterior. The artist’s new works for the niches will draw upon his longstanding and highly developed iconography, one built upon a dynamic visual language that fuses Indigenous identity and imagery with abstraction, patterning, materiality, and text. 

These projects are the latest in The Met’s series of contemporary commissions in which the Museum invites artists to create new works of art, establishing a dialogue between the artist's practice, The Met collection, the physical Museum, and The Met's audiences.