Thursday 04/01/21 7PM
Conversations · Exhibition-Related

Adam Pendleton in Conversation with Andrew An Westover

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Adam Pendleton, As Heavy as Sculpture, “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” 2021. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Dario Lasagni

In conjunction with the New Museum’s exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” the New Museum is honored to host a series of artist conversations highlighting the practices of artists participating in this exhibition.

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Adam Pendleton is a New York-based artist known for work informed by what the artist calls “Black Dada,” a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and an avant-garde sensibility. Pendleton’s conceptually rigorous and formally inventive paintings, collages, videos, and installations have been the subject of solo exhibitions across the United States and abroad at institutions including Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); Baltimore Museum of Art (2017); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2018); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2020); and Le Consortium, Dijon (2020). His 2016 solo exhibition Becoming Imperceptible was organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, before closing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. In 2021 Pendleton will open a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

His Black Dada Reader, a collection of documents and essays from various sources that relate to the conceptual framework of Black Dada, was published in 2017 by Koenig Books and was subsequently named as one of the best art books of 2017 by The New York Times.

Pendleton’s work is held in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Dallas Museum of Art; and Tate, London, amongst others.


Lead support for “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” is provided by the Ford Foundation.

Major support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Agnes Gund.

New Museum Digital Initiatives are generously supported by Hermine and David B. Heller.

Generous ongoing support is provided by the Charlotte and Bill Ford Artist Talks Fund.

Support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Support of artist participation is provided by Laura Skoler.

Additional support for education and community programs is provided by the American Chai Trust.

A full list of support for “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” can be viewed here.

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