To Divide By (solo show)
Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis
22 September 2023 – 15 January 2024
Adam Pendleton’s solo exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will showcase a polyvocal assemblage of new and recent paintings, drawings, and video portraits that together reveal Pendleton’s interest in creating a conversation between mediums, as well as his belief in abstraction’s capacity to destabilise and disrupt. The artist’s work is driven by his evolving concept of ‘Black Dada’, which, in 2008, he described as a ‘way to talk about the future while talking about the past; it is our present moment.’ Seeking to consider multiple perspectives at once, Pendleton addresses the codes of representation and abstraction, the visual and literary uses of language, and the aesthetics of Blackness as an open-ended signifier.
Kemper Art Museum
Reading & Talk with Simone White (event)
Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis
13 October 2023, 5:30 pm
Organised in conjunction with the exhibition Adam Pendleton: To Divide By at Kemper Art Museum, Adam Pendleton will be joined by Simone White for a reading and conversation on creative practice in relation to the role of language and poetry.
ALBERT OEHLEN, ADAM PENDLETON
Oehlen, Pendleton, Pope.L, Sillman (publication)
Published by Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Holzwarth Publications, 2023
The new catalogue published on the occasion of the group exhibition Oehlen, Pendleton, Pope.L, Sillman, on view at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin from 4 November 2021 until 29 January 2022, is now available for purchase. Alongside installation views and high-resolution images, the publication includes a conversation between Amy Sillman, Adam Pendleton, and Isabelle Graw.
Blackness, White, and Light (solo show)
31 March – 7 January 2024
Mumok will present a comprehensive solo exhibition of Adam Pendleton’s oeuvre, providing new insight into the artist’s paintings, drawings, and other works animated by what Pendleton calls ‘Black Dada’, a visual project and ever-evolving inquiry into the relationships between blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. The exhibition will present key bodies of work established over the past decade, as well as never before seen new ones. For the first time, Pendelton’s film portraits of artists and thinkers, including Ishmael in the Garden: A Portrait of Ishmael Houston-Jones, 2018, and So We Moved: A Portrait of Jack Halberstam, 2021, will be presented in sculptural, triangular video rooms, integrated directly into the primary space of the exhibition, allowing audiences to consider and absorb these moving-image works in relation to Pendleton’s wider artistic practice.
ADAM PENDLETON et al.
Burning at the Edges (group show)
Longlati Foundation, Shanghai
9 November 2022 – 15 January 2023
Adam Pendleton’s work is included in Burning at the Edges, currently on view at the Longlati Foundation until 15 January 2023. The trio exhibition explores how Adam Pendleton, Ibrahim Mahama, and Y.Z. Kami transform sacred architecture, globalized commodities, propaganda and graffiti texts, while exploring the meaning of fluid identities and the inherent conflicts within.
Who Is Queen? Vols. 1–5 (publication)
Published by DABA, New York
Published on the occasion of the artist’s solo show Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen? at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2021–2022, the 5 volume book series Who Is Queen? adapts conversations between pairs of notable writers, theorists, philosophers, and musicians into contrapuntal texts. Transcripts of the original dialogues are intertwined with archival photographs and external texts.
Pasts, Futures, and Aftermaths: Revisiting the Black Dada Reader (publication)
In 2011, artist Adam Pendleton assembled Black Dada Reader, a compendium of texts, documents and positions that elucidated a practice and ethos of “Black Dada.” Resembling a school course reader, the book was a spiral-bound series of photocopies and collages, originally intended only for personal reference, and eventually distributed informally to friends and colleagues. The contents—an unlikely mix of Hugo Ball, W.E.B. Du Bois, Adrian Piper, Gertrude Stein, Sun Ra, Stokely Carmichael, Gilles Deleuze—formed a kind of experimental canon, realized through what Pendleton calls “radical juxtaposition.” In 2017, Koenig Books published the Reader in a hardcover edition, with newly commissioned essays and additional writings by the artist.
A decade later, Pendleton has composed another reader, building upon the constellation of writers, artists, filmmakers, philosophers and critics that emerged in the first volume, and sketching out new potential forms and vectors for Black Dada. Along with new source texts—from Toni Cade Bambara to Piet Mondrian to Clarice Lispector to Achille Mbembe—Pendleton has included conversations with some of the figures whose writing and work were featured in the earlier Reader: Thomas Hirschhorn, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Joan Jonas, Lorraine O’Grady, and Joan Retallack.
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