Adam Pendleton

Who Is Queen? (solo show)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
25 July – 4 October 2020

Images from L/R:
Images from L/R: "Poor People’s Campaign", Resurrection City, June 25, 1968. AP/ Bob Daugherty; Adam Pendleton, "Untitled (Who is Queen)", 2019; Adam Pendleton, "Queen" (detail), 2020

The Museum of Modern Art will present Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen?, a large-scale multimedia installation that will be on view in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium from July 25 through Oct 4, 2020. Based in New York, Adam Pendleton (American, born 1984) is a Conceptual artist who uses historical and aesthetic content from visual culture to explore the ways in which context influences meaning. Pendleton reconfigures words, forms, and images to provoke critical questioning.

For this presentation, Pendleton’s monumental installation will bring the formal mechanics of musical counterpoint—the folding and unfolding of simultaneous voices—into contact with the aesthetics of protest. For the duration of the exhibition, MoMA’s Marron Atrium will be transformed into an arena encompassed by three wooden, floor-to-ceiling vertical scaffolds. These modular systems, built from four basic units, will be designed to resemble balloon framing used in American house construction.

The Museum of Modern Art


Adam Pendleton

Consortium Museum, Dijon (solo show)
13 March – 31 May 2020

Installation view: Adam Pendleton,
Installation view: Adam Pendleton, "Who We Are", Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2019. Photo: def image

Adam Pendleton is an African-American artist whose work includes installation, performance, video and text and recontextualizes various art historical trends from Dada to Minimalism through contemporary ballet. They are combined with elements highlighting historical figures and events of the civil rights movement from Martin Luther King to Malcom X and Stokely Carmichael, as well as today’s Black Lives Matter. His practice is centered on the concept of “Black Dada” borrowed from Black Dada Nihilismus, a 1964 poem by Ami Baraka. His artworks are characterized by a limited palette of various shades of black, white and gray and strives to find a “way to talk about the future while talking about the past.”

For his exhibition at the Consortium Museum, the first ever devoted to his work in France, he will present a monumental artwork specifically conceived for the White Box space, with a mural installation completed by a video projection.

Adan Pendleton’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, Londres, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienne, Venise, and Gwanju.

Consortium Museum

Adam Pendleton et al.

The Larger Conversation. Redefined: The Black Model in 21st-Century Portraiture (film screening and talk)
Calderwood Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
15 February 2020, 3 – 5pm

Portrait of Adam Pendleton. Photo © Holger Niehaus
Portrait of Adam Pendleton. Photo © Holger Niehaus

Following a screening of Lorraine O'Grady: A Portrait (2012) by Adam Pendleton, Lorraine O'Grady and Adam Pendleton will have a discussion of the body, race and gender in American Art, and the need to rethink, document and preserve new histories of diverse stories.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Adam Pendleton

Elements of Me (solo show)
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
13 February – 27 September 2020

Installation view: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 2020. Photo: Stewart Clements Photography and Design
Installation view: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 2020. Photo: Stewart Clements Photography and Design

Adam Pendleton’s exhibition considers the relations between (geometric) abstraction, blackness, and languages of collectivity. Three basic shapes—square, triangle, and circle—are the refrains in this room-sized installation.

Pendleton is a New York-based artist known for work animated by what the artist calls “Black Dada,” a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. Drawing from an archive of language and images, Pendleton makes conceptually rigorous and formally inventive paintings, collages, videos, and installations that insert his work into broader conversations about history and contemporary culture. His work is held in public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Tate, London, among others.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Urs Fischer, Adam Pendleton et al.

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (group show)
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
From 17 December 2019

Adam Pendleton,
Adam Pendleton, "Untitled (masks)", 2019. © Adam Pendleton. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Andy Romer

Mirosłav Bałka – Jean-Michel Basquiat – Max Ernst – Urs Fischer – 
Rashid Johnson – Michael Joo – Adam McEwen – Adam Pendleton 
– Ugo Rondinone – Henry Taylor

This small-scale group exhibition borrows its name from the title of Italo Calvino’s novel, published in 1979, towards the end of the Italian author’s life (1923–1985). If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler was written as an act of wandering through reading, during which the author leads us through various tales that remain unfinished, and never become a coherent plot together. It is written in the second person, making us, the readers, not only his companions on the literary journey but actual protagonists of the reading course. Inspired by the novel, the exhibition “If on a winter’s night a traveler” (in Hebrew it is a female traveler) aims to offer the viewer a journey following observation of art. The viewer (that is, you) is invited to wander along, opposite, beside and around 13 works of art created by ten artists: two lived and worked in the 20th century, the others live and work in the early 21st century. 
The links between the works will hopefully be revealed along the journey: questions of identity, masculinity (old and new), cruelty (between people and in relation to nature), figuring the humanbody and the way in which cultures nurture and enrich each other. “If on a winter’s night a traveler” invites you to wander through the gallery and compose your own story of the exhibition from layers of clues, meanings and sub-plots that the works bring forth.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art