Front Room: Adam Pendleton

From March 26, 2017 — August 13, 2017

Featured twice in Forbes' 30 Under 30 list, Adam Pendleton (American b. 1984) has recently garnered attention as an artist whose work speaks to socio-political issues of the moment. The foundation of Pendleton's work is the Black Dada Manifesto, which he wrote in 2008. The text combines blackness and Dada, a nonsense word referring to the absurdist movement that developed in response to the devastation of World War I. Dadaists created illogical artwork in order to critique the sustems of society that lead to war. Similarly, Pendleton employs irrationality as a means of re-envisioning race in America. In the artist's words: "Black Dada is a way to talk about the future while talking about the past. It is our present moment."

With an eye to both historical and current events, the multi-disciplinary artist addresses race through painting, collage, sculpture, video, publishing, and performance. In his two-dimensional work, he re-contextualizes history by transforming pictures and language sourced from books and films.

In the Contemporary Wing's Front Room Gallery, Pendleton will present floor-to-ceiling vinyl works on three gallery walls overlaid with nine paintings, collages, and screenprints from his ongoing series.

Image: Adam Pendleton. A Victim of American Democracy II (wall work), 2015. Courtesy of the artist

Curated by

Curated by Helene Grabow, Curatorial Assistant for Contemporary Art.

Supported by

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Eddie C. & C. Sylvia Brown.